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South Korea fuel cell CHP plant comes online

A 20 MW fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) plant has been inaugurated in Seoul, South Korea.

The Noeul Green Energy Co plant was constructed by South Korea’s Posco Energy and features technology from US-based FuelCell Energy.

The plant is owned by South Korea’s largest utility, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP). It supplies grid power to Korea Power Exchange (KPX) and heat to a district heating network operated by Korea District Heating Co, the nation’s largest heat supplier.

FuelCell Energy said the park was constructed in 10 months.

Chip Bottone, the firm’s president and CEO, said the project “exemplifies the benefits of fuel cell installations by locating the project in the middle of Seoul City, which enhances grid resiliency as well as supporting environmental initiatives”.

“This fuel cell park occupies less than two acres of land and benefits Seoul by generating enough power for approximately 43,000 Korean households and heat for approximately 9000 households,” he added.

FuelCell Energy also developed the world’s largest fuel cell CHP plant, the 59 MW Gyeonggi Green Energy park in Hwasung City, which came online in 2014.