S Korea to use 'waste' hydrogen to power pilot town

May 29, 2012

South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Monday that it will launch what it calls a "Hydrogen Town Pilot Project" in the first part of a program to establishing a community energy infrastructure that uses waste hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, writes The Korea Herald.

The new town, which is seen as a pilot nation-wide rollout of hydrogen based power, will use cheap hydrogen emitted as exhaust during the manufacture of petrochemical products and power plant operations.

This approach is distinct from hydrogen town projects of other countries that use hydrogen obtained from modified liquefied natural gas, rather than waste.

All of the city's 150 "green homes," and 10 commercial and public buildings will have the fuel cell facilities installed when the project is complete by the end of the year.