Ultra-Clean power plants provide electricity
Danbury, CT— FuelCell Energy,
Inc. announced that two of its Direct FuelCell® (DFC®)
units will provide electricity for a 650-bed hospital and a wastewater
treatment facility in South Korea as part of the government’s
commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One DFC300A power plant will
be installed at Chosun University Hospital in Kwangju, a city
of 1.4 million, while the second unit will go to the Tancheon
Sewage Treatment Plant, serving South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
The 250 kilowatt (kW) power plants were sold last year by POSCO,
a major South Korean industrial concern. The power plant sales
were announced in November 2004 as part the agreement among FuelCell
Energy, Marubeni Corp. and POSCO to distribute and package DFC
power plants in Korea. Both power plants are expected to be operational
in the fall of 2005.
The Korean Ministry of Commerce,
Industry and Energy (MOCIE) has targeted more than 20 percent
of the country’s power generation to be from fuel cells.
As part of MOCIE’s long-range plans to foster Korean energy
independence and combat global warming, the ministry also is providing
250 billion won (approximately $218 million) through 2008 to develop
new and regenerative energy technologies — including fuel
cells, solar and wind power.
The fuel cell for Chosun University
Hospital, an institution with 24 medical departments staffed by
800 personnel, will provide quiet, on-site and reliable power
to meet the significant energy demands of a healthcare facility.
This power plant, fueled by natural gas, is expected to provide
a portion of the facility’s base load power. Waste heat
from the fuel cell will be used to heat hot water for the hospital.
At the Tancheon plant, which
processes 19 percent of the Seoul’s daily sewage output,
the DFC unit will operate on methane gas generated by the facility’s
anaerobic gas digestion process. One of only four sewage treatment
plants in the national capital area, Tancheon is a critical link
in efforts to clean the Han River, a major waterway running through
the region. The treatment plant has a capacity to treat 1.1 million
cubic meters (291 million gallons) per day on a 97-acre site in