US-based engineering firm KBR’s hydrogen technology has been selected by Hanwha Impact Corporation to make up part of its commercial ammonia cracking unit in Daesan, South Korea.
Under a license and engineering design contract, KBR will supply its H2ACT™ technology make up the ammonia cracking unit to convert the carrier back into hydrogen before use in a planned power plant.
The unit, planned to deliver over 200 tonnes of clean hydrogen per day, is hoped to pave the way for large-scale sustainable hydrogen utilisation in the country.
Earlier this year (2023), PSM, Thomassen Energy and Hanwha Power Systems said they successfully operated at gas turbine with a 60% hydrogen blend at a power plant in Daesan, jointly owned by Hanwha and TotalEnergies.
“We are honoured to be selected by Hanwha for this flagship project, which will accelerate the realisation of their decarbonisation targets and play a vital role in Korea’s national sustainability objectives,” said Doug Kelly, President, Technology at KBR.
KBR has been selected to lead numerous hydrogen-related projects for high-level companies globally, including the likes of bp’s hydrogen project portfolio, Chemours’ $200m expansion plans, and Avina Clean Hydrogen’s 2,200 tonne per day green ammonia project.
South Korea, although a leading nation in progressing hydrogen use, looks set to be a high importing nation in the future, meaning hydrogen carriers such as ammonia could be crucial.
The Hydrogen Council’s Global Hydrogen Flows report suggested South Korea will be a region that consumes more hydrogen than it produces, with potential trade flows from Australia and the Middle East expected to form from 2030.
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