Bloom Energy to supply utility-scale SOFC for combined heat and power project in South Korea

Bloom Energy to supply utility-scale SOFC for combined heat and power project in South Korea

Bloom Energy will conduct its first combined heat and power (CHP) project in collaboration with SK ecoplant with the new 4.2MW installation marking South Korea’s first utility-scale hydrogen solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) CHP initiative, Bloom said.

Bloom Energy’s highly efficient hydrogen SOFC technology uses a non-combustion, electrochemical process to produce electricity with reduced carbon emissions compared to the grid alternative.

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With construction expected to begin later in 2021, the new 4.2MW utility-scale CHP installation will leverage Bloom’s SOFC technology configured in an innovative power tower format.

This will be designed for maximum power density in a condensed footprint with the power tower to vertically stack 1.8MW of Bloom Energy servers in a pillar architecture.

To be located in Donghae City, the power generated by Bloom Energy will produce 35,000MW hours per year of highly efficient, clean and resilient electricity, while capturing 4 million megacalories of thermal energy through the Power Tower and SK ecoplant’s heat recovery system.

Coupled with a heat recovery system designed by SK ecoplant, the captured thermal energy will provide heat and warm water to the community’s nearby Bukpyung Recreational and Sports Center, improving the building’s energy efficiency.

Justin Wangjae Lee, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Hydrogen Biz Center at SK ecoplant, said, “This project marks significant ‘firsts’ for us all – for SK, for Bloom and for South Korea.

“We look forward to working with Bloom to continue to advance thermally-supplied SOFC solutions. In addition to our existing eco-friendly distributed power generation, we’re excited to explore entry into new, attractive global markets, such as Southeast Asia.”

Venkat Venkataraman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Bloom Energy, said, “We are thrilled to partner with SK ecoplant to bring this innovative and exciting project to life, marking a new milestone for Bloom Energy.

“Not only can we efficiently generate clean and reliable energy for an important utility, Korea East-West Power, but also we are eager and humbled to supply heat to the local community centre so that residents can enjoy activities during harsh winter months.”

Interview: South Korea hydrogen economy

Want to learn about hydrogen developments in South Korea?

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


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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