SEOUL -- Doosan Fuel Cell, the clean energy wing of South Korea's Doosan Group, will build a manufacturing plant for power generation hydrogen fuel cells. The construction is to be completed by 2024.
Hydrogen fuel cells use hydrogen as fuel to produce electricity. Small-sized cells are installed in eco-friendly vehicles such as full-size sport utility vehicles while larger cell systems are used in hydrogen power generators.
Doosan Fuel Cell said in a statement on December 24 that the company signed a cooperation agreement with the southwestern port city of Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, the Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency, and Korea Rural Community Corporation to invest a total of 143.7 billion won ($121.2 million) to build a 79,200 square-meter-wide hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing plant in the reclaimed Saemangeum area.
Doosan Fuel Cell, a major hydrogen fuel cell power generator, secured a $13 million contract to export hydrogen fuel cells to a Chinese city in September 2021. The company also partnered with Hyundai auto group in October to test fuel cells as a distributed power source for microgrids.
Because hydrogen fuel cell power generation systems are much smaller than thermal power plants or hydropower plants, they are ideal for providing power to microgrids, which are networks of small, isolated smart power grids, in urban environments. South Korea started connecting hydrogen fuel cell power plants to microgrids in 2018.
According to government data, the total electricity generation capacity of hydrogen fuel cell power plants in South Korea as of October 2021 stood at 714 megawatts, enough to power some 650,000 households
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