Hanon Systems Named PACE Award Finalist for Two Product Innovations

Hanon Systems, a leading global  provider of thermal solutions, has been named as a 2016 Automotive News PACE Award finalist for two innovations in the product category.

The centrifugal air compressor incorporates a high-speed brushless DC motor and a patented, oil-free and bearing design, which provides clean pressurized air to the fuel cell stack to create a hydrogen chemical reaction to generate power to propel and operate the vehicle. The centrifugal air compressor is one of several technologies supplied by Hanon Systems that support the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle manufactured by Hyundai Motor Group. 

The second innovation named as a 2016 finalist is a deodorizing air conditioning technology that incorporates an ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diode (LED) with a photocatalyst to eliminate nearly all microorganisms and odor-causing substances from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit. Positioned between the blower and the evaporator, the LED-based UV light source shines onto a light absorbing photocatalyst, which produces oxygen containing free radicals in the air stream. These radicals possess unique anti-microbial and odor neutralizing properties.  

“Hanon Systems is proud to again be named as a finalist for the prestigious PACE Award,” said In-Young Lee, Hanon Systems president and CEO. “Leveraging the technical know-how and creative expertise of our team, delivering eco-friendly and efficient thermal solutions is at the heart of what we do. We are honored to be ranked alongside the distinguished group of this year’s finalists.”

Each year, Automotive News honors automotive suppliers in the areas of superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance. Each product or process that is named a finalist is evaluated by an independent panel of judges from the automotive industry, as well as business leaders and academic experts, to determine the winners. 

The 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards will be revealed on April 11, 2016, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.