Hyundai Mobis, the parts and service arm for the South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company, has leveraged its own H2 fuel cell technology for electric vehicles to create an emergency H2 power generation system at its H2 fuel cell plant in Chungju, South Korea.
Hyundai Mobis connected five H2 fuel cell modules, typically used to form the system of the Nexo – Hyundai’s H2 fuel cell electric vehicle – to create a power generation system with a maximum capacity of 450 kW. This corresponds to about 7 per cent of the total power consumption of the Chungju plant, and can be used as emergency power or auxiliary power during seasonal peak times.
In addition, Hyundai Mobis has developed the parallel controller, thermal management system, and UPS necessary for the power generator.
Following this pilot operation in the Chungju plant, Hyundai Mobis is planning to install more emergency H2 power generator systems in other production bases both at home and abroad. Byung-ki Ahn, Vice President and Head of the Electrification Business Division of Hyundai Mobis, said: “The Chungju plant emergency H2 power generation system is the first step in using the core H2 vehicle technology to produce H2. The H2 fuel cell modules for vehicles can be used not only in power generation, but also in various other business areas like H2-powered trains or ships, drones, and construction equipment.”