Hyundai Has Genius Plan To Turn Plastic Waste Into Hydrogen

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It really wants to make it a thing.

Like every other car manufacturer, Hyundai is looking to go green by building zero-emission vehicles. While the Korean company does offer electric options such as the new Ioniq 5, it really wants to make hydrogen-powered cars a thing. The company recently announced a $1.1 billion investment in hydrogen in the form of two new fuel cell plants in South Korea. Hyundai currently only sells one hydrogen-powered car, the Nexo, but that will soon change, when the company launches the new HTWO fuel-cell sub-brand. With hydrogen on its mind, Hyundai engineers have announced that they will produce large quantities of the element using nothing but plastic waste. That sounds like a win-win situation to us.

2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Front View Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Right Side View Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Three Quarter Front Left View In Motion Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Front View Hyundai

As part of Hyundai's conquest of all things hydrogen, the company will spend 400 billion won ($337 million) on a plant that converts plastic waste into high-purity hydrogen. Hyundai engineers accomplish this by using pyrolysis and gasification. Pyrolysis is the process of decomposing materials at high temperatures in an inert atmosphere where chemical compositions get transformed. In this case the plastic waste gets transformed into hydrogen gas. The hydrogen products will be used in hydrogen-LNG co-firing power generation, hydrogen fuel-cell power generation, and of course in the automotive industry for the company's hydrogen-cell vehicles.

2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Luggage Space Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Engine Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Fuel Tank Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Dashboard Hyundai
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This major investment is just one more step in Hyundai's plan to go fully carbon-neutral, and the company plans to start work on the new plant in the first half of 2022, with hydrogen production kicking off two year later in 2024. To offset any carbon dioxide produced by the plant, Hyundai is developing a Metal-CO2 system to absorb harmful emissions.

Hyundai's love for hydrogen is sure to pay off, as it is estimated that 18 percent of the world's energy demand will come from hydrogen by 2050, and the market value of that chunk will run in the trillions.

2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Gearbox Controls Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Gear Shifter Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Central Console Radio Hyundai
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Driver and Passenger Right Side View Hyundai
Source Credits: Econotimes
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