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South Korea: World’s Largest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Plant Opened by Korean Southern Power (KOSPO)

By October 26, 2021 2   min read  (343 words)

October 26, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, South Korea: World's Largest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Plant Opened by Korean Southern Power (KOSPO)

A hydrogen fuel cell power plant capable of generating the world’s largest amount of electricity is now operating in Incheon.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy celebrated the opening of Korea Southern Power’s Shinincheon Bitdream Centre today (October 26) at the Shinincheon Bitdream Headquarters in Seo-gu.

Fuel cell generators supplied by POSCO Energy and Doosan Fuel Cell are used in the Shinincheon Bitdream Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Plant with a total capacity of 78.96 kWh, which was built by Korea Southern Power in four phases starting in 2017.

This is the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell power plant currently in operation.

Total project cost of 340 billion won, it will supply electricity that can be used by 250,000 households annually.

Unlike general generators, hydrogen fuel cells do not produce electricity through high-temperature combustion, so they emit very little nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur oxides (SOX). It also has the advantage of acting as a ‘large-scale air purifier’ that sucks in fine dust in the air and filters it through a filter.

The completed fuel cell power plant absorbs 2.4 tons of fine dust every year to purify the air that 700,000 people can breathe.

It is expected to contribute to providing cleaner air to local residents by purifying fine dust emitted from liquefied natural gas (LNG) thermal power plants in Shinincheon’s Bitdream headquarters on a large scale.

The power plant will also produce hot water for heating that can be used by 44,000 households at the same time as a by-product of the electricity production process, and will stably supply inexpensive heat through nearby heating companies.

Kang Kyung-seong, head of the Energy Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry, said, “Incheon Seo-gu is leading the hydrogen economy, the future food of Korea, by attracting Hyundai Mobis’ next-generation hydrogen fuel cell plant and SK IGE’s liquid hydrogen plant.”

“New Incheon Bitdream Fuel Cell Power Plant We will contribute to the expansion of the power system’s supply capacity in the Western region and stably supply electricity to the high-tech hydrogen economy production facilities in the region.”

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