Elcogen, the European manufacturer of what is claimed to be the world’s most efficient SOFC cell, has entered an agreement with E&KOA, a Korean SOFC stack manufacturer and P&P Energytech, a Korean SOFC system integrator. Its purpose is to co-operate in commercialising an SOFC system or the Korean mass market.
E&KOA is a Korean SOFC technology company developing a 1 kW SOFC stack for the mass market. P&P Energytech, a Korean system integrator has long experience in the fuel cell market. The company has previously developed PEMFC, MCFC and SOFC fuel cell testing equipment. Also, P&P Energytech has supplied fuel cell systems for the leading companies in automotive industries. P&P Energytech expects to launch an SOFC system for the commercial stationary power market within 3 years. The target market is commercial buildings and distributed power market in South Korea.
The combined heat and power generation system’s electrical power output is 10 kW, working on hydrocarbon or hydrogen fuel gas. The three companies intend to explore an expansion of the collaboration to other countries.
The South Korean government aims to achieve 15 GW of fuel cell electricity generation by 2040, including 7 GW for export. The target incorporates also a stationary fuel cell CHP application for buildings. Fuel cells and hydrogen provide a stable and flexible energy supply, helping South Korea to offset growth in the alternating production of solar and wind energy.
CEO of Elcogen, Enn Õunpuu, commented: “Elcogen is aiming to become the world’s leading producer of commercial SOFC/SOEC cells.”