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South Korean utility installing fuel cell systems

Korean South East Power Co. Ltd, a public utility in the greater Seoul area, will be installing several fuel cell systems.

The units will be installed at the utility’s Bundang facility in Gyeonggi province. It will provide 3 megawatts of electricity to the local grid and thermal energy to the district heating business.

Korean South East Power, a government-owned power corporation, runs five power generation complexes that answer for 14 percent of total generation capacity in Korea.

Its Bundang facility is a combined cycle power plant that produces both power and heat to residents of Bundang district of Seongnam City and Seoul’s Gangnam district.

The facility currently has a capacity of 922,000 kilowatts from gas and steam turbines that run mostly on natural gas.

The units will come from UTC Power and are expected to be operational by the spring of 2013.

This is UTC’s second order for fuel cell systems in South Korea this year, with 14 units of their PureCell Model 400 systems purchased by Pyeongtaek Energy Service this July.

The South Korean government has set a goal of 11 percent of their energy mix coming from renewables by 2030 (See related story). They also unveiled a national emission trading systems for major business emitters. – EcoSeed Staff

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