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South Korea’s tallest skyscraper installs fuel cell systems

South Korea’s tallest skyscraper installs fuel cell systems
The Lotte World tower will house the world’s highest observation deck on its 123rd floor. Image from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

South Korea’s first tallest skyscraper, the Lotte World Tower, will be getting some of its energy from fuel cell systems to be installed by UTC Power. UTC Power announced that Samsung Everland has purchased two PureCell Model 400 fuel cels systems to be set up at the skyscraper.

The fuel cells will be installed in the basement of the tower and will provide 800 kilowatts of power to the Lotte World Mall in the building. It will be the first indoor installation for a fuel cell in Korea, as well as the first building application of UTC Power in the country.

The 556-meter Lotte World Tower is currently under construction in Seoul, South Korea. Upon completion in 2015, it is expected to be one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and will house the tallest observation deck on its 123rd floor (497.6 meters high).

The building is owned and developed by the Lotte Group, a food and shipping corporation, and was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

The UTC Power, through its Korean subsidiary UTC Power International Services, is set to gain a foothold in the clean energy market of South Korea, providing not just its fuel cell systems but also maintenance and support services.

Just last year, UTC Power signed a deal with government-owned power corporation Korean South East Power for seven PureCell systems to provide 3.08 megawatts of clean power in the greater Seoul area. A similar deal with Pyeongtaek Energy Service will see 14 fuel cells providing power to the grid in the city of Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi Province (see related story). – EcoSeed Staff



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