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Korea Western Power to develop fuel cells using biogas

  • 2 years ago (2021-10-26)
  • David Flin
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Korea Western Power has announced that it will develop a system to recycle biogas from livestock waste and sewage into fuel cells. The company signed a business agreement on October 22 with KEPCO E&C and Doosan Fuel Cell to jointly promote a fuel cell development project using biogas.

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The companies plan to use biogas made from domestic sewage and livestock manure as materials for fuel cell power generation. LNG is currently used as the main fuel for fuel cell power generation, and the LNG has a methane concentration of 99 per cent. However, the methane concentration of biogas from the process of treating domestic organic waste is around 50-60 per cent. This is mostly discarded.

The three companies have started to develop technology to use this discarded biogas in fuel cells. The core of this project is pre-treatment technology to analyse biogas components and remove harmful substances such as sulphur.

Kim Sung-kyun, Vice President of the Western Power Growth Business Headquarters, said: “The results of this project will boost the utilisation of small-scale decentralised fuel cell power generation using biogas. We will promote this as a national project by jointly applying for the registration of related technology patents.”