Polymer Electrolyte Membrane with Gore to Be Developed by Hyundai Motor and Kia for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

At the Mabuk Eco-Friendly R&D Center in Korea, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation, and W. L. Gore & Associates inked an agreement to work together on developing enhanced polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) for hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Important facets of PEM development will be covered by the parties’ collaborative work. This collaboration’s ultimate objective is to create a cutting-edge PEM for next fuel cell electric commercial vehicles.

PEM is used in hydrogen fuel cells to transfer protons between two electrodes. By preventing incoming hydrogen and oxygen gasses from directly combining, the PEM allows protons to conduct selectively, which produces an electrical current that powers a car. The fuel cell system’s longevity and performance are largely dependent on PEM technology.

Hyundai Motor, Kia, and Gore have been working together in the fuel cell industry for more than 15 years. Building on this almost ten-year relationship, the collaboration will now concentrate on creating a fuel cell system that is ideal for commercial vehicles, with a particular focus on improving durability and performance.

Chang Hwan Kim, Head of Battery Development and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development at Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, stated, “We are entering the next chapter of our partnership with Gore.” “We will lead the fuel cell electric vehicle market and acquire advanced fuel cell technology by leveraging our 15 years of collaboration, accelerating the movement towards a sustainable future.”

Gore, an advanced materials business with headquarters in Delaware, USA, contributes to the collaboration with knowledge of PEM, catalyst-coated membrane, and MEA (membrane electrode assembly) technologies. By fusing Gore’s groundbreaking PEM technology with Hyundai Motor and Kia’s sophisticated fuel cell know-how, the two companies want to integrate cutting-edge PEM technology into the next generation of fuel cell systems for use in passenger cars, trucks, and non-automotive industries.

“We are excited to further our enduring collaboration with Hyundai Motor and Kia,” Gore Clean Energy Business Group Leader Michelle Augustine stated. “We will collaborate with Hyundai Motor and Kia to enable them to deliver fuel cell vehicles that offer a performance and cost advantage to consumers by utilizing our cutting-edge PEM technology solutions.”

This partnership extends Hyundai Motor Group’s 25-year commitment to hydrogen technology, which resulted in the 2020 launch of the HTWO hydrogen business brand. The Group is aggressively growing its fuel cell business internationally, encompassing a number of industries such as power generation, marine vessels, aerospace applications, passenger and commercial cars, and more.

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