Hyundai is investing in a startup that plans to move hydrogen in oil, probably making use of current fossil-fuel infrastructure.

The automaker is partnering with German startup Hydrogenious by way of its Hyundai Cradle division, which offers with rising expertise and startup partnerships. A deal was signed in Could, however the partnership was not too long ago spotlighted by startup accelerator Startup Autobahn.

Hydrogen is often saved in fuel type underneath excessive strain. Hydrogenious proposes binding it to what it calls a Liquid Natural Hydrogen Provider (LOHC), which the startup describes as much like diesel gas.

This permits hydrogen to be saved in liquid type at ambient temperature and strain, Hydrogenious claims within the video embedded right here. Hyundai additionally launched a longer video with a bit extra element on the method.

That course of is extra environment friendly, as a result of hydrogen could be saved at better density when bonded to LOHC, the startup claims, including that, the service oil is not as flammable as gaseous hydrogen.

This additionally permits for continued use of fossil-fuel infrastructure to move hydrogen, the startup notes, eliminating a significant impediment to mass adoption of gas cells. 

Nevertheless, that additionally means persevering with to make use of fleets of oil tankers and tanker vehicles—and far further vitality.

The Hyundai-affiliated funding is not stunning, contemplating the corporate sees makes use of for hydrogen fuel-cell expertise well beyond cars, envisioning a “hydrogen society” the place gas cells energy business automobiles and are used to energy buildings.

A report revealed in June estimated hydrogen could achieve price parity with gasoline by 2025, which may improve curiosity in fuel-cell automobiles and make different makes use of of gas cells extra financially engaging.

Thus far although, lack of infrastructure has restricted gross sales of the Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell SUV to sure areas of California. It is the identical story with the Honda Readability Gas Cell and Toyota Mirai, the one different fuel-cell passenger automobiles at the moment out there in the US.

Nikola plans to construct a network of hydrogen stations for its deliberate fuel-cell semi vehicles alongside main highways, however the firm hasn’t constructed a single station or automobile but.

Making hydrogen from renewable vitality, then transporting it with vehicles, in oil, may create a brand new, complicated twist to how some types of transportation are getting their vitality.