Ballard Power Systems has announced that the fuel cell system supplied to GS Platech to demonstrate waste-to-energy power generation is now operating successfully and providing power to the South Korean electricity grid.

GS Platech’s pilot plant in Cheongsong, South Korea, uses plasma gasification technology to treat organic solid waste and is capable of producing high purity hydrogen to generate 50 KW. The power system fuelled by this hydrogen and incorporating Ballard fuel cell stacks was supplied by Dantherm Power.

Jesper Themsen, managing director of Dantherm Power, said: “This is the first ever demonstration of a waste-to-energy system incorporating both of these technologies.”

This project was undertaken as a national research project of the Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy with the financial support of the Canadian government provided under the framework of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.