21 fuel cell power plants, rated at 2.8 megawatts each, providing ultra-clean power to the electric grid and heat to a district heating system -- FuelCell Energy sells 3.7 megawatts of fuel cell modules to POSCO Energy to meet growing demand -- 19.6 megawatt fuel cell park announced to support Seoul City initiative to reduce reliance on nuclear power
DANBURY, Conn., Feb. 19, 2014 -- FuelCell Energy, Inc.
service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today
announced a series of updates about the Asian market including completion of
the world's largest fuel cell park in South Korea, the sale of 3.7 megawatts
of fuel cell modules to POSCO Energy in the first quarter of 2014 to meet
increasing demand, and a 19.6 megawatt fuel cell park to be constructed in
Seoul City, South Korea.
The Gyeonggi Green Energy fuel cell park, located in Hwasung City, South
Korea, is fully operational. The largest fuel cell park in the world, the
facility consists of 21 FuelCell Energy DFC3000(R) power plants, rated at
2.8 megawatts each, requiring only about 5.1 acres of land for 59 megawatts
of new and renewable power. The fuel cell park provides continuous baseload
electricity to the South Korean electric grid and usable high quality heat
for a district heating system. POSCO Energy commenced construction on this
project in November 2012 and finished in only 13 months, illustrating the
ability to rapidly construct multi-megawatt fuel cell installations that
enhance grid resiliency.
"The scale of this installation is contributing to the power and heating
needs of an urban population and generating the electricity in a highly
efficient and ultra-low emission profile that supports our National
renewable portfolio standard," said Tae-Ho Lee, Chief Executive Officer at
Gyeonggi Green Energy.
In order to meet the accelerating market demand in Asia, FuelCell Energy
sold two 1.4 megawatt and three 300 kilowatt fuel cell modules to POSCO
Energy during the first quarter of 2014. These modules are in addition to
the monthly fuel cell kit shipments under an existing 122 megawatt order
that was signed in October 2012.
"These module purchases are providing us the ability to meet additional
demand above and beyond our existing fuel cell kit orders," said Jung-Gon
Kim, Senior Vice President of POSCO Energy. "We are pursuing combined heat
and power opportunities with building applications as well as a
demonstration project at a liquefied natural gas terminal to efficiently
convert boil-off natural gas to ultra-clean power."
Seoul City, South Korea continues to adopt new and renewable power
generation to reduce dependence on nuclear power including the recent
groundbreaking for the 19.6 megawatt Godeok Rolling Stock Management Office
fuel cell park, consisting of seven DFC3000(R) fuel cell power plants that
each provide 2.8 megawatts of power. The fuel cell park is adjacent to a
railroad depot operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation.
The ultra-clean electricity will be supplied to the electric grid and the
usable high quality heat supplied to a district heating system. In the event
of an electrical grid disruption or outage, the electricity from the fuel
cell park will provide power to the railroad depot. The power output is
adequate to power approximately 45,000 South Korean households. The fuel
cell power plants will be supplied by POSCO Energy using licensed technology
and fuel cell components manufactured by FuelCell Energy. The fuel cell park
is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.
"Both of these fuel cell parks illustrate how our distributed power
generation solutions enhance the resiliency of the electric grid with
baseload power delivered in an environmentally friendly manner," said Chip
Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc.
Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plants solve energy, environmental and
business-related power generation challenges by providing ultra clean,
efficient and reliable distributed power generation. The fuel cells combine
a fuel such as natural gas or renewable biogas with oxygen from the ambient
air to efficiently produce ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality
heat through an electrochemical process. Virtually no pollutants are emitted
due to the absence of combustion. Avoiding the emission of nitrogen oxide
(NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM10) supports clean air
regulations and benefits public health. The high efficiency of the fuel cell
power generation process reduces fuel costs and carbon emissions, and
producing both electricity and heat from the same unit of fuel further
supports favorable economics while also promoting sustainability.
About FuelCell Energy
Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and
reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. With more than
300 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell
Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed
generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal
water treatment facilities, government installations and other customers
around the world. The Company's power plants have generated more than two
billion kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power using a variety of fuels
including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as
well as clean natural gas. For more information, please visit