Waste-to-Energy System Using Ballard Fuel Cells Successfully Supplies Power to S.Korean Grid

Oct 26, 2011, 16:30 ET from Ballard Power Systems Inc.

  • 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 Platech."

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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