On Feb. 26 The Ministry of Science and ICT announced that it would work on a technological roadmap for the hydrogen economy with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.
The roadmap is planned to be finalized in the latter part of 2019 and that there will be more than 100 individuals scheduled to participate in the roadmap preparation.
“The six ministries are going to divide hydrogen energy technology into the five fields of production, storage and transport, power generation and industrial utilization, transportation, and safety, environmental application and infrastructure in preparing the roadmap. They are going to subdivide each category to come up with technological classifications and technological diagnosis and patent analysis are going to be carried out in each subdivision. Then, short-term, mid-term and long-term R&D strategies and plans will be prepared and obstacles to R&D activities will be analyzed for early field application of related technologies. The technological classification and diagnosis start next month.”
Hwang Soo-Seong, Head of Renewable Energy Policy Department, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said, “Many hydrogen-related laws have been initiated, “We will do our best to become the cornerstone for the roadmap of the hydrogen economy as a leading country and to implement the hydrogen economy for the revitalization of the hydrogen economy.”
In 2018 there were 2,000 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles were in operation in Korea.