Bloom Energy finalises 100-kW fuel cell pilot project in Korea

Bloom Energy Server. Source: Bloom Energy Corporation

April 28 (Renewables Now) - Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) and its local partner SK Engineering & Construction Co Ltd (SK E&C) have successfully deployed in South Korea 100 kW of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) that are powered solely by hydrogen.

The installation took place in Ulsan as part of a pilot project announced in July 2020. At the time, Bloom Energy unveiled plans to set foot into the commercial hydrogen market.

The company explained that the SOFCs use a hydrogen byproduct generated by SK Advanced to produce electricity without carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The next step is to install a 1-MW unit of the company’s Energy Server fuel cell-based distributed power generation system by 2022 with the assistance of SK E&C. In 2022, the company also plans to ship to South Korea solid-oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) for the production of green hydrogen, which in turn will be used to power the SOFC.

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