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Hanwha Impact develops gas turbine capable of burning up to 50 per cent hydrogen

24. August 2023

Hanwha Impact Corporation, a South Korean petrochemical company, has developed a technology that allows medium-sized gas turbines to burn a fuel mixture containing up to 50 per cent hydrogen. The announcement was made by the relevant Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) in mid-June. Hanwha Impact held a demonstration of its gas turbine at the Daesan plant in Seosan city, South Chungcheong province, on the same day. The gas turbine burns natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen to generate electricity. In collaboration with Korea Western Power, Hanwha Impact successfully developed the technology to blend up to 50 per cent hydrogen in medium-sized (up to 80 MW) gas turbines. The new technology reduces air pollutants such as CO₂ and nitrogen oxides compared to conventional natural gas turbines, according to a Hanwha Impact spokesperson. Pressure vessels used in the industrial use of gas usually require KGS registration to be approved for import in Korea.

In the future, Hanwha Impact plans to collaborate with West Incheon Combined Power Generation to apply hydrogen technology to a 150 MW turbine. Hydrogen blending is a building block of the national plan to reduce greenhouse gases. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy therefore expects further large-scale investment in domestic and international hydrogen production and related infrastructure. The director of the ministry, Lee Ok-heon, expects the expansion of hydrogen power generation to 2.1 per cent in 2030 and 7.1 per cent in 2036.

The Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) is a governmental organisation under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Gas safety regulations in Korea began in 1974 with the passage of the Compressed Gas Control Act. In 1995, the Institute of High Pressure Gas Safety was established, and after several restructurings, the Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) was established in 2001. One year later, KGS was affiliated to MOTIE. KGS was accredited as a Korean Notified Body in 2006 and was also accredited to conduct KCs certification and testing of explosion-proof electrical equipment.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
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