Hyundai Motor Co. and its subsidiary Kia Corp. have partnered with Doosan Fuel Cell Co. to develop a hydrogen fuel cell power system and start a full-scale demonstration project.
The Ulsan Technopark in Ulsan, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul, had a completion ceremony for the hydrogen fuel cell distributed power system for microgrids on Thursday.
In contrast to centralized power generating systems, which use the method of transporting power generated in a remote place, a distributed power system refers to a power facility for producing and consuming energy in the vicinity of an electricity consumption area.
Microgrids are power supply networks that allow distributed power sources to produce and provide power independently.
In March, Hyundai, Kia, Doosan Fuel Cell, and Ulsan Technopark finished the facility setup, approval, and licensing procedures. They are now ready to put the hydrogen fuel cell power system through its paces.
The demonstration project will be carried out using a combination of fuel cell technologies. The 500-kilowatt proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) from Hyundai and Kia and the 440-kilowatt phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs) from Doosan Fuel Cell will be used at the same time.