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Seoul and Yeongcheon to initiate Hydrogen Production from Biogas Projects

20. June 2024

Seoul and Yeongcheon in North Gyeongsang Province are launching pioneering projects to produce hydrogen from biogas, marking a significant step towards sustainable energy. These projects will convert organic waste like livestock manure, food waste, and sewage sludge into renewable energy, supporting carbon neutrality and local hydrogen self-sufficiency. Products involved in hydrogen production such as pressure vessels usually require KGS Certification in order to be approved for import and sale on the Korean market.

The Ministry of Environment, Korea Environment Corporation, Yeongcheon city, and private company EcoBio Holdings have signed a memorandum of understanding on April 4 to facilitate hydrogen production from biogas.This partnership highlights the collective effort of government, local, and private sectors to leverage sustainable energy technologies.

Yeongcheon, designated as a biogas-based hydrogen producer this year, aims to produce around 500kg of hydrogen daily from 4,000Nm³ of biogas at the Integrated Biogasification Facility in Geumho-eup, enough to power approximately 100 hydrogen-fueled cars per day.

EcoBio Holdings will similarly produce hydrogen in Seoul’s Gangseo District at the Seonam Water Recycling Center, using sewage to match Yeongcheon’s hydrogen output. Both projects plan to complete facilities by 2025, with hydrogen production starting in 2026.

This initiative follows the successful biogas-based hydrogen production precedent set by Boryeong in South Chungcheong Province and Hyundai Motor Company.

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About the author: Louis Gogger is Managing Director of MPR International GmbH
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