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SK Corp. Opens up the Era of Hydrogen Station for Fuel Cell Vehicles Contents
title SK Corp. Opens up the Era of Hydrogen Station for Fuel Cell Vehicles
attachment date 2004-08-04 count 14071
- SK Corp. Designated to Lead the Development of Domestic Hydrogen Station Technology as Part of the Alternative Energy Project Pursued by the MOCIE

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) have pushed ahead with the ‘Alternative Energy Technology Development Project’ with a focus on hydrogen/fuel cell, solar energy and wind power. For this project, SK Corporation (President & CEO: Sin, Heon-cheol) was selected to lead the development of domestic technologies for hydrogen stations. Against the backdrop, the company has officially announced the launch of R&D activities on ‘Hydrogen Station.’

Just as cars are filled with gasoline, diesel or LPG at gas station or LPG station, fuel cell vehicles can be recharged with hydrogen at hydrogen station. The station is composed of hydrogen production, storage and distribution facilities. In other words, it is a hydrogen recharging station geared up for fuel cell vehicles.

In advanced countries including the U.S., Japan and Europe, energy companies such as petroleum companies and automobile manufacturers have taken the leadership in running hydrogen stations and hydrogen vehicles under pilot test programs. In the U.S. oil majors such as Shell and BP are operating 25 hydrogen stations under the California Fuel Cell Partnership Program (CaFCP). Europe and Canada are running 32 and 6 hydrogen stations respectively. Neighboring country Japan also has a total of 11 hydrogen stations.

Although belated, with the take-off of the hydrogen station research by SK Corp., Korea has a chance to lay down the foundation to be ready for the era of hydrogen energy, which is praised as future-oriented clean energy.

SK Corp. has a firm belief that hydrogen would serve as an ultimate alternative energy to fossil fuels in the face of energy problems such as fossil fuel depletion and environmental pollution. As such, since early 1990s, it has conducted researches in this field. It is also known that the technical expertise accumulated from the 10-year R&D activities was highly recognized in selecting SK Corp as a project manager.

SK Corp. will focus on improving and developing relevant core technologies which have been previously dominated by developed countries in order to come up with the unique technologies suitable for the Korea’s transportation system. Three state-funded research institutes (the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT)) and four universities (KAIST, Yonsei Univ., Korea Univ., Chonnam National Univ.) will participate in the project over five years. As commissioned research institutes, they will play various research roles.

Meanwhile, vice president Gwak, Byeong-seong of the SK Institute of Technology (Head: Park Sang-hoon) displays a strong will to develop hydrogen technology, saying, “SK is the largest energy and chemical company in Korea. Developing a clean energy for the future is our mission for the society. That is why we have made substantial efforts regarding hydrogen energy and infrastructure researches under a long-term vision. The development of hydrogen stations means establishing an infrastructure in the era of hydrogen energy. At the same time, it is the beginning of the end of energy-strapped Korea’s heavy dependence on foreign energy sources.”


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