Hyundai Motor Group Innovates Green Hydrogen Production at a Landfill Site

Hyundai Motor Group announced that it will start producing clean hydrogen using biogas generated during a food waste treatment process. The effort will help support the establishment of a green hydrogen ecosystem. 

The Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the 29th of August at the Hyundai Engineering  Construction Co.,Ltd (Hyundai E&C) office in Jongno-gu, Seoul, attended by officials from Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation, Hyundai E&C and the Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation (SL Corp.).

The agreement aims to demonstrate a system that can produce 216 kilograms of green hydrogen per day by utilizing biogas produced by the SL Corporation over the next two years. This is enough to charge more than 34 units of NEXO, Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.

High purity hydrogen production is possible through refinement and reforming processes. Fermentation of food waste produces biogas, primarily methane. The resource-circulating hydrogen production technology is gaining attention for generating renewable energy sources from waste materials, embodying the ‘waste-to-energy’ concept of hydrogen production.

Under the agreement, Hyundai Motor and Kia will establish an integrated system for the catalytic reaction process, Hyundai E&C will be in charge of developing gas selection separation technology in the hydrogen production process, while the SL Corp. will study biogas pretreatment technology and provide research sites and facilities, including biogas, a raw material for hydrogen production.

The Group plans to promote green hydrogen production capabilities while also researching renewable synthetic fuel (e-fuel) production technologies. It also plans to secure technologies to apply recycled synthetic fuels that can be obtained additionally in the hydrogen production process to existing internal combustion engine vehicles.

In addition, it plans to take a step closer to achieving its ultimate carbon neutrality goal by developing a technology that synthesizes clean hydrogen and carbon monoxide, eventually generating renewable plastic materials.