Hyundai Getting Revamped Fuel Cell Digs In California

Hyundai, looking to have apparent leadership in the developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market, has been quite busy in Europe of late with new deployments of its ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs. It still is keeping up with related affairs in the United States also, announcing yesterday it will be getting a new 100 percent renewable hydrogen fueling station a third party company is building with the help of a state grant.

image via Hyundai

image via Hyundai

Hyundai said Hydrogen Frontier, a hydrogen infrastructure developer, was awarded a $3 million grant by the California Energy Commission for this station at its hydrogen energy generation and fueling facility in Chino, Calif. This money is on top of an additional $1.7 million being funded by other partners. Goals of this project, as outlined by the South Korean automaker, include:

  • 100 percent of the energy consumed in generation and operation of the station and 100 percent of the fuel dispensed will come from a renewable source, a new path of innovation and sustainability in California
    • Energy used to create hydrogen will be purchased from a renewable energy provider
    • With this upgrade, the station will be able to produce at least 100 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to dispense approximately 6,000 to 9,000 vehicle fill-ups with hydrogen annually
  • Capability to produce hydrogen from the electrolysis of water on site
  • System pressures of 350 Bar and 700 Bar will allow fueling of all fuel cell vehicles (FCV) including fast refueling

It looks as if this will be a rebuilding project, as it will be “located at the site of an existing hydrogen station originally constructed in 2005 to support Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle fleet.” During the remodel, the facility will be modernized to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing. It is required to be completed by October 2014, at which time it will also be open to the public for the first time, bolstering what is currently eight public stations already open in California. Another 17 are in development, with the goal of having 68 “in place to support the larger rollout of the vehicles in the next few years.”

Production of the Hyundai Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell began at the company’s Ulsan manufacturing plant in South Korea in January 2013, with the first complete commercially produced unit rolling off the line a month later. The company is looking into potential demand for fuel cell vehicles “in the U.S. market, particularly in California, where most of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure development has taken place.”

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