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World’s first hydrogen fuel cell power plant enters operation in South Korea

  • 6 days ago (2020-07-29)
  • David Flin
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Korea East-West Power has completed construction of a hydrogen fuel cell plant in the Daesan Industrial Complex located in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. The plant has a capacity of 50 MW. Daesan Green Energy was set up by Korea East-West Power, along with Hanwha Energy and Doosan Fuel Cell , to operate the plant. A total of $215 million has been invested in the plant.

Korea East-West Power will purchase renewable energy certificates produced at the hydrogen fuel cell plant. Hanwha Energy will supply hydrogen and run the plant, and Doosan Fuel Cell will be in charge of fuel cell repair and maintenance for 20 years.

The plant is the world’s first commercial hydrogen fuel cell power plant using by-product hydrogen as an energy source. The by-product hydrogen will be supplied from nearby petrochemical plants, which previously would have discarded or burned the hydrogen.

Korea East-West Power is planning to increase the fuel cell facility capacity of the plant to 1 GW by 2030.