South Korea to Power Its Future with Hydrogen and Ammonia Export Plan Starting in 2027
South Korea to Power Its Future with Hydrogen and Ammonia Export Plan Starting in 2027

South Korea to Power Its Future with Hydrogen and Ammonia Export Plan Starting in 2027

  • 09-Jan-2023 6:10 PM
  • Journalist: Nina Jiang

Seoul, (South Korea): On January 8th, the South Korean government announced its plans to source Hydrogen from Malaysia and the UAE for power generation. This imported Hydrogen would be converted into ammonia for export purposes in 2027, which is expected to reduce both global emissions and energy consumption levels significantly. The shift towards Hydrogen-powered power sources marks a significant step forward in the country's broader journey towards renewable energy sources and will provide an example for other nations looking to make the same transition in their own energy systems.

Samsung Engineering and Lotte Chemical are teaming up to take advantage of Malaysia's Hydroelectric resources, turning it into Hydrogen for export.

Meanwhile, Korea Electric Power Corporation and Samsung C&T will be producing their own renewable Hydrogen in the UAE through solar power. Combined, these two countries are estimated to generate 800,000 tons of Hydrogen per year: 600,000 tons from Malaysia and 200,000 from the UAE. This is a significant contribution towards introducing clean energy sources into the global market and reduces global emissions in the process.

To increase domestic Hydrogen demand prior to importing, the South Korean government is currently testing Hydrogen-LNG fuel mixed combustion. The tests show that a carbon reduction of 10 percent can be achieved with a 30 percent Hydrogen content of LNG fuel combustion, while 21 percent and 52 percent reductions are attainable with 50 percent and 80 percent hydrocarbon contents respectively.

Additionally, ammonia is being considered as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions from coal-based power generation.

With increasing global pressure to reduce its carbon footprint, South Korea is looking to Hydrogen and nuclear power as solutions. In accordance with this, the government has announced plans for the development of ammonia-fueled ships by 2026 and liquid Hydrogen carriers by 2029.

This move will serve to provide renewable energy sources, creating decrease emissions and improving energy efficiency. These new initiatives could even potentially become a model for other countries looking to transition towards greener solutions in the future.

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