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Hanwha Energy celebrates completion of byproduct-hydrogen fuel-cell power plant

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Hanwha Energy, a comprehensive-energy-solutions company, hosted an event at its Daesan Industrial Complex in Seosan, Korea, and celebrated the completion of a hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant that only uses recycled hydrogen.

The new byproduct-hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant was designed by Hanwha Engineering & Construction and costs $212 million. It occupies 20,000 m2 of the Daesan Industrial Complex.

It is the world’s largest industrial hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant, and the first to use petrochemically recycled hydrogen only.

The electricity needs of 160,000 homes will be met with an annual production capacity of 50 MW and the ability to generate up to 400,000 MWh of electricity per year.

The hydrogen used at the new plant is hydrogen recycled from petrochemical manufacturing. It is supplied by the petrochemical plant Hanwha Total, located within the same Daesan Industrial Complex.

Hanwha Total Petrochemical pumps the recycled hydrogen through underground pipes into the new power plant and feeds it directly into the fuel cells. Then, an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates electricity.

The resulting fuel cell byproduct is merely pure water. Unlike generating fossil-fuel electricity, hydrogen fuel cells do not emit pollutants from the environment such as greenhouse gases, sulfur oxide (SOx), and nitrogen oxide (NOx).

“With the completion of this plant, we will help the government establish a roadmap to a hydrogen economy while boosting the local economy.”

In-Sub Jung, CEO Hanwha Energy.

Building this hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant is part of an effort by Hanwha Energy to diversify its business. The company expands, by investing in the hydrogen economy, beyond conventional power generation and solar power. This move will further strengthen their position as a global provider of comprehensive energy solutions.

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