Hyundai to build seawater-powered marine mobility platform by 2023

Hyundai to build seawater-powered marine mobility platform by 2023

by Pranali Mehta

Hyundai Motor, the South Korean automotive organization, has reportedly announced that it plans to develop a marine mobility platform that will run on seawater by 2023. The company is building the platform in an attempt to completely eliminate medium and small fossil-fueled ships that pollute the sea.

Reports claim, Chung Euisun, Chairman of Hyundai Motor, has been briefed directly about the idea.

As per industry sources, the automobile manufacturer is working on a 15-20-meter-long yacht that will be fueled by hydrogen fuel cells developed by the company itself.

The trimaran yacht is made up of three hulls, which are each outfitted with equipment that converts saltwater to hydrogen. The harvested hydrogen would then be used to drive propellers via the hydrogen fuel cells placed within the hulls.

To turn seawater into hydrogen, solar cells positioned on the sail as well as two vertical wind turbines installed on the platform will provide clean energy. The price is proposed to be around ₩4.5 billion ($3.7 million) per unit.

As per sources, the project is supervised by Ha Hak-soo, Hyundai Motor's design director.

The innovative platform can be a passenger ship, cargo ship, or waste disposal ship depending upon what is on top of the platform.  Hyundai Motor hopes to standardize small and medium-sized hydrogen ships with this project.

Ha Hak-soo, the designer of the novel marine mobility platform, is also the designer of the e-Bogie trailer drone, which was revealed in September. The fully automated semi-trailer, which is fueled by hydrogen fuel cells, can move containers in pairs. On a single battery charge, each bogie can travel 1,000 kilometers. The marine mobility platform is the successor of e-Bogie's.

Hydrogen ships are still to be commercialized, owing to both economic and technological hurdles. Air resistance is hundreds of times larger for hydrogen ships as compared to electric vehicles.

Hydrogen batteries and fuel cells with substantially larger capacities must be deployed to power hydrogen ships. Nevertheless, this results in a stronger magnetic field, which might cause failures in components like sensors and processors.

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Pranali Mehta

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