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100kW of Bloom Energy SOFCs deployed in South Korea

100kW of Bloom Energy SOFCs deployed in South Korea

100kW of Bloom Energy’s hydrogen solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) will begin generating zero-carbon electricity onsite to help power a SK Engineering and Construction (SK E&C) facility in Ulsan, South Korea.

The US-based energy distributor supplied the fuel cells to support the Korean-based company’s decarbonisation goals and has previously stated that it will build upon this first phase with a new 1MW hydrogen-powered energy server installation by 2022.

Upon completion of this project, the Bloom Energy’s hydrogen SOFCs will support South Korea’s Changwon RE100 initiative aiming to accelerate a transition towards zero carbon energy grids at scale.

To achieve this, Bloom Energy, will supply its solid-oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) that are designed to produce green hydrogen through solar and battery to South Korea in 2022.

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The green hydrogen produced by the SOEC, created through electrolysis by converting water and renewable electricity into hydrogen without carbon emissions, will be used to power the hydrogen SOFCs.

KR Sridhar, Chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy, said, “While Bloom’s hydrogen story started more than two decades ago, it’s now the right market timing to introduce hydrogen-powered solutions and help countries meet their net-zero emissions goals.

“We’re proud of our partnership with SK E&C. Together, we are well-positioned to play an important role in the global hydrogen economy.”

Jason Ahn, CEO of SK Engineering and Construction, said, “Bloom’s state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell, which represents the pinnacle of power generation efficiency and safety, will allow us to provide clean electricity that will help Korea reach carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Interview: South Korea hydrogen economy

Want to learn about hydrogen developments in South Korea?

Joanna Sampson, Editor for H2 View, interviewed Dilshod Akbarov, Energy Specialist at Intralink Korea, to find out more.

© Dilshod Ak

Whilst China and Japan are at the forefront of hydrogen infrastructure buildouts in the Asia-Pacific region, and many of the headlines, South Korea has its own ambitious plans.

The South Korean Government sees hydrogen as a new engine for economic growth and central to the country’s shift to a low-carbon economy in the long-term.

President Moon Jae-in announced his government’s determination to build a hydrogen economy in 2019, built on a roadmap which would see the country produce 6.2 million units of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and build 1,200 refuelling stations by 2040.

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