The Hyundai Fuel Cell Farm , which was displayed outside the front of the Design Museum in London, is the world’s first aquaponics ecosystem powered by Hyundai Motor’s zero-emission ix35 Fuel Cell.
Aquaponics is a sustainable farming solution; a combination of hydroponics (growing plants in water) and aquaculture (raising fish in tanks). The Fuel Cell Farm operates by taking the water emitted by the hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and filtering this water into the fish tank. The aquaponics technology then harnesses minerals from the fish waste to grow the plants on the farm.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, which is the world’s first production fuel cell vehicle, is the heartbeat to the lifecycle of the installation. It powers and facilitates the functionality of the aquaponics farm, using clean emissions (only water) to fuel sustainable agriculture.
As the first car company in the world to assembly line-produce fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai has accelerated London’s plans to become one of the major hydrogen capitals of the world and will soon be delivering five emission-free ix35 Fuel Cells to the Greater London Authority. These cars will operate in London and be an integral part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project.
Two hydrogen fuel stations are already open in the Capital – one of which has public access – with a third to come as part of the LHNE project.
Hyundai Motor has become a world-leader in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology since the introduction of the Santa Fe FCEV in 2000.
Using Hyundai’s proprietary technology, the ix35 Fuel Cell’s fuel cell stack converts hydrogen into electricity, which turns the vehicle’s motor. The only emission generated is water.
The ix35 Fuel Cell can be refuelled with hydrogen in only a few minutes. It accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 12.5 seconds, has a top speed of 100mph, can travel up to 370 miles on a single tank and has an output of 100kW.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is the result of 14 years and several hundred million euros of research by hundreds of engineers at Hyundai Eco Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea. The car has logged more than 3 million kilometres of road tests in real-world conditions in Europe, Korea and the U.S.
In early 2013, Hyundai Motor became the world’s first car manufacturer to begin assembly-line production of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture, (raising fish in tanks), with hydroponics (growing plants in water). In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down and utilised by the plants as nutrients. The water is then re-circulated back to the aquaculture system making aquaponics a cornerstone in sustainable farming.