Asia, Energy Efficiency, On Site Power

Fuel cells to supply hospital

Two 250 kW ‘Direct FuelCell’ units from US-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. are being installed to provide energy for a 650-bed hospital and for a wastewater treatment facility in South Korea – as part of the Korean government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) has targeted more than 20% of the country’s power generation to come from fuel cells.

One DFC300A power plant will be installed at Chosun University Hospital in Kwangju, a city of 1.4 million people, while the second unit will go to the Tancheon Sewage Treatment Plant, serving South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The fuel cell for Chosun University Hospital, an institution with 24 medical departments staffed by 800 personnel, will provide power to meet the significant energy demands of a healthcare facility. Waste heat from the fuel cell will also be used to heat hot water for the hospital.

At the Tancheon plant, which processes 19% of the Seoul’s daily sewage output, the DFC unit will operate on methane gas generated by the facility’s anaerobic gas digestion process. One of four sewage treatment plants in the national capital area, Tancheon is a critical link in efforts to clean the Han River, a major waterway running through the region.

The power plant sales were arranged as part of the agreement between FuelCell Energy, Marubeni Corp. and South Korean industrial concern POSCO to distribute and package DFC power plants in Korea.