Waste-to-Energy System Using Ballard Fuel Cells Successfully Supplies Power to S.Korean Grid
-- Hydrogen produced from processing of municipal solid waste -- Fuel cell system generates power locally, using hydrogen as fuel
VANCOUVER, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD)
(NASDAQ: BLDP) announced that the fuel cell system supplied to GS
Platech (www.gsplatech.co.kr) and previously announced in Q1 2011 for demonstration of
waste-to-energy power generation, is now operating successfully to
provide power to the local South Korean electricity grid.
GS Platech’s pilot plant in Cheongsong, South Korea uses plasma
gasification technology to treat organic solid waste and is capable of
producing sufficient high purity hydrogen to generate 50 kilowatts
(50kW) of clean, zero-emission power. The power system fuelled by this
hydrogen and incorporating Ballard fuel cell stacks was supplied by
Dantherm Power, Ballard’s backup power systems company.
“This is the first ever demonstration of a waste-to-energy system
incorporating both of these technologies,” said Jesper Themsen,
Managing Director and CEO of Dantherm Power. “The successful operation
of the system is a significant milestone in the development of
waste-to-energy solutions and speaks to our strong partnership with GS
GS Platech intends to further promote this solution to new customers
worldwide and, to this end, recently hosted tours of the demonstration
site in conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association
World Congress 2011 (www.iswa2011.org). Attendees learned of the potential for this waste-to-energy system to
address two key environmental issues in tandem: environmentally
responsible waste treatment; and clean power production.
This project was undertaken as a national research project of the Korean
Ministry of Knowledge and Economy with the financial support of the
Government of Canada provided through the Department of the
Environment, under the framework of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on
Clean Development and Climate (www.asiapacificpartnership.org).
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