Hyundai To Develop Renewable Hydrogen Station In California

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Hyundai has announced plans to transform an existing hydrogen refueling station in California into a cutting edge renewable fueling station.

The station will be built on the site of an existing hydrogen station at Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. in Chino, California.

The original station was constructed in 2005 to supply hydrogen for Hyundai's fuel cell development vehicles.

A $3 million California Energy Commission grant to Hyundai's partner Hydrogen Frontier Inc. will go towards the rebuilding project, which aims to produce at least 100 kilograms of hydrogen per day--enough to fill 6,000-9,000 fuel cell vehicles annually.

Running of the station itself, plus production of the hydrogen, will be 100 percent renewable. The energy used to make the hydrogen will be bought in from a renewable energy provider, though the site will be able to generate its own hydrogen using electrolysis.

Hyundai has been developing fuel cell cars since 2000, and currently culminates with the latest Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle which entered production at the start of 2013.

The company is currently investigating potential demand for the fuel cell Tucson in the U.S. market--and California, with its growing hydrogen infrastructure, is a likely recipient of any vehicles that go on sale, just as it has been for Honda's fuel cell projects.

The Chino facility is set for reopening in October 2014, at which point it will also open to the public. It's set to be the first publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station in San Bernardino County.


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Comments (8)
  1. Hydrogen is a scapegoat for the automakers and oil companies to get around any actual change. Hydrogen is NOT the future, electric cars are. Everything goes to electric in the end, and using a fuel cell doesn't cut it.

  2. Wonder how much fresh clean water is required to keep a hydrogen plant in operation for a year?

    Southern California has had issues finding enough water in recent years and has one of the higher $/gallon rates in addition to having many use restrictions

  3. A hydrogen fueling plant exists in the location. And a $3 million California Energy Commission grant will be used to make it better. A lot of questions come to mind.

    Unfortunately this does not give us any insight into to particulars of how the economics would play out for building additional, expedient, run of the mill hydrogen fueling stations. Stations that would be needed for fuel cell powered EV's.

    Though it does give us a bit of insight into what the California Energy Commission sees as the potential costs of duplicating what battery EV's are accomplishing with solar PV.

  4. In my opinion hydrogen is not a practical solution given its high cost, lack of infrastructure, lack of range, high cost to generate, high cost for the driver to to refill etc.
    In the end, the consumer's wallet rules supreme, so let's see some real world operating costs (purchase price + per mile) compared to an electric car.

  5. Well, it could be a very long race. Let's see, EV's from OEM's are approaching, what, about 200,000 in customer hands through normal sales vs a hand full for FCEV's in specially designed programs for one off cars. And there are thousands of plug in conversions vs no home built FCEV's. Charging stations costs run from tens of thousands for solar charged level 2, to a few hundred thousand for Superchargers and in thousands of places vs a hand full of $3 million dollar hydrogen refueling stations. EV's can fill up at any 120 V receptacle that meets code and FCEV's can fill up at, any of a hand full of multi-million dollar hydrogen fueling stations. Filling a FCEV tank now costs more than using gasoline vs pennies per kWh of electricity.

  6. I'm pretty sure that hydrogen is too late in the race. Hydrogen won't have the time to offer a large range of cheap car model, plus creating all the infrastructure for refueling, before batteries become better and cheaper. This is probably a good thing, because on the paper, hydrogen has a lot of problems compare to regular batteries.

  7. Problems, maybe. But hydrogen fueling solves that big graddaddy of all problems, filling the tank in a few minutes with a couple hundred miles of range, instead of the Tesla taking 20 minutes to recharge for a couple hundred miles...of...wait, what was the problem that hydrogen refueling solves, I'm kinda confused now.

  8. hydrogen is the future. [the future is now]sorry for you if you have a electric car. please dont knock the best thing that can possibly happen for the whole world [enissions etc]build hydrogen fuel stations now ,the hydrogen car will sell faster than the automakers can build them.

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