The Seoul City government will jointly build the ‘Noeul Fuel Cell Power Plant’ with KHNP, KDHC, SCG and POSCO Energy.
When its construction is completed in November 2014, the power facility will generate electric power and heat that can be used by 43,000 households and 9,000 households, respectively.
Fuel cell-based power generation facility, which is suitable for downtown area, will be built in the World Cup Park in Seoul. The fuel cell is an eco-friendly renewable energy that provides advantages of high efficiency, low pollution and low noise by generating electric power and heat simultaneously through chemical reaction without combustion processes.
The Seoul City government said on September 17 that it will build a 20MW fuel cell-based power generation plant in the World Cup Park in Mapo-gu jointly with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), Korea District Heating Corporation (KDHC), Seoul City Gas (SCG) and POSCO Energy.
The fuel cell-based power generation facility, called ‘Noeul Fuel Cell Power Plant’, is projected to be constructed between December 2013 and November 2014 to supply electric power to about 43,000 households a year while providing heating service to some 9,000 households.
Also, the City authority expects that the facility will reduce emission of about 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
The Noeul Fuel Cell Power Plant will be built and operated by private companies, and the City government will provide land for the facility and administrative support.
KHNP, KDHC, SCG and POSCO Energy will jointly establish a special purpose company (SPC) to carry out business activities, such as design, construction, facility operation, purchase of heat and supply of city gas.
This project is based on the MOU concluded between the Seoul City government and KHNP in September 2012 for investing and developing renewable energy facilities, and they plan to increase the capacity of fuel cells to 120MW in the years to come.
Director General Im Ok-gi of Climate and Environment Office at Seoul City government said, “This fuel cell-based power generation facility will not only improve its power independence but also position as an example of eco-friendly and distributed power supply facility in downtown area.”