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S. Korea kicks off 'green hydrogen' project using 4th generation reactor Updated: 2021-07-05 11:28:19 KST

This is a newly-built hydrogen research facility at the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
The lab is designed to create hydrogen by using the nuclear reactor's heat and electricity.
Experts say infrastructure such as this will serve as the bedrock for South Korea's ambitious plan to become one of the world's leading producers of hydrogen.

"Our technology creates hydrogen by deconstructing water and electricity from the nuclear reactor's heat. It showed potential to produce green hydrogen more economically."

Hydrogen is recognized as one of the major next-generation energy sources to replace fossil fuels.
This is because a fourth-generation high-temperature gas-cooled reactor gives off zero carbon emissions when producing hydrogen.

In a proactive attempt to gain market share in the global hydrogen sector, seven private companies and several local provinces in South Korea have vowed to accelerate the process of establishing a green economy.

"We used to import a lot of oil. But this technology will enable us to pave a new way to enter the era of the hydrogen economy."

"We plan to establish the new facilities required to produce hydrogen to make South Korea one of the world's main hydrogen producers."

As related industry insiders predict that at least 10 years of investment must be continually made into the research and development and infrastructure to commercialize the technology, South Korea is expected to make concerted efforts its "green hydrogen" project.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.
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