FuelCell Energy provides components for South Korean hydrogen fuel network

FuelCell Energy provides components for South Korean hydrogen fuel network

October 19, 2012 0 By Stephen Vagus
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Seoul South Korea and hydrogen fuel energy

FuelCell Energy backs South Korean effort

South Korea has an intense interest in clean energy. The country has been working to develop its first hydrogen fuel cell power plant for more than a year and has been making extreme progress in this endeavor. The South Korean government has chosen hydrogen fuel cells as a promising source of power because of their durability and capability to produce large amounts of electrical power at low cost. The government expects that its soon-to-open hydrogen fuel cell power plant will bring a significant amount of energy to South Korea and help break the country’s dependence on foreign sources of energy. FuelCell Energy has been revealed as a supporter of this initiative.

Hydrogen fuel cell network could bring 58MW to South Korea

FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it is participating in South Korea’s establishment of a comprehensive fuel cell network. The fuel cell power plant will be the largest of its kind when it is completed, providing South Korea with some 58.8 megawatts worth of electricity. Construction on the network has yet to begin, but a myriad of companies have come together to throw their support behind the initiative, including FuelCell Energy, which will provide the components necessary for the network’s stationary hydrogen fuel cells.

Stationary fuel cells continue to gain popularity

Stationary fuel cells, such as solid dioxide fuel cells, are becoming more popular around the world as industrial energy systems. These fuel cells are somewhat large, but produce massive amounts of electrical power. FuelCell Energy, which is among the world’s leading designers of stationary fuel cells, notes that these models are also exceedingly efficient and capable of producing energy non-stop. Unlike mobile fuel cells, which are often used in vehicles, stationary fuel cells are only limited in terms of energy generation by their access to fuel.

Fuel cell network to produce no harmful emissions

One of the most attractive aspects of hydrogen fuel cells for South Korea is the fact that the energy systems do not produce any harmful emissions. As such, the new hydrogen fuel cell power plant is expected to be a boon to the South Korean environment. The power plant may help the country attain its own emissions goals well ahead of schedule, though the network must first be built before the country can begin benefiting from it.