South Korea aims to install 100 hydrogen filling stations by 2020
Nel-Deokyang, a subsidiary of Nel ASA in South Korea, has received a purchase order for an H2Station hydrogen fuelling solution from Joong Do Gas, a retail company involved in sales of LPG fuel in South Korea.
The 2 million euro (US$2.4 million) purchase order marks the first installation in Korea, and the first compact filling station solution to follow a new gas law and local standards.
“This is the breakthrough we have been working intensively with over the course of the last year. As the first pure H2Station® delivery from Nel, not only in Korea, but in Asia in general, this is a landmark achievement for Nel, as we continue to position ourselves as a truly global hydrogen company,” says Nel CEO Jon André Løkke.
In April, the South Korean government established a special purpose company (SPC) which would expand the country’s hydrogen infrastructure by installing hydrogen filling stations at the most travelled roads and highways in the capital city Seoul and other major cities. Nel-Deokyang takes part in the SPC along with other participants from major South Korean corporations, state-run utilities and automakers.
“South Korea is currently one of the fastest movers within the industry, with an ambition of having 100 hydrogen fuelling stations online by 2020. We are very happy to kick-start our deliveries in South Korea and expect to continue to further penetrate the market as we move forward,” Løkke concludes.
The H2Station solution will be installed alongside conventional fuels on the existing forecourt of an LPG station, which also marks a first in Korea. The station is supported by the Korean Automotive Environment Association, and installation will commence towards the end of 2018.