Last update date 2 December 2022

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In August 2021, the South Korean government announced that it would provide more than one billion US dollars to build a total of five hydrogen industry clusters and related infrastructure across the country. The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has formed the following five thematic clusters for this purpose: Production of green hydrogen in the North Jeolla Province, production of blue hydrogen in Incheon, hydrogen storage and transport in the Gangwon Province, hydrogen mobility in Ulsan, and hydrogen and fuel cells in the North Gyeongsang Province. In the North Jeolla Province, the South Korean centre for solar energy, an electrolysis plant for the production of green hydrogen is to be built, which will be supplied with electricity from a solar park with a capacity of 100 MW. Whereas in the port and industrial city of Incheon, located near the capital Seoul, blue hydrogen is to be produced using fossil energy sources. In the Cluster Agency in the North-West Province of Gangwon, which was designated a special regulation-free zone for liquefied hydrogen, technologies for storing and transporting hydrogen, e.g. with a hydrogen liquefaction plant, are to be tested. In Ulsan, where the Hyundai Group is located, a technology centre for hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen-powered construction machinery and industrial equipment will be established. The North Gyeongsang Province is to be home to an institute that will work on the certification of hydrogen and the quality assurance of fuel cells.

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