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Ceres Power & Doosan partner on solid oxide fuel cell power systems for commercial buildings

Ceres Power, a developer of low-cost, next-generation fuel cell technology and Doosan Corporation will jointly develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) distributed power systems initially targeted at the Korean commercial building market.

South Korea is a leading fuel cell market and has been a core target market for Ceres. South Korea benefits from a supportive regulatory regime and ambitious long-term targets. The South Korean government recently announced several initiatives to promote increased use of renewable generation and hydrogen technology and is targeting fuel cell manufacture for power generation to reach an output of 15 GW by 2040, up from 300 MW today.

Doosan has established itself as a leader in the fuel cell industry and is now adding Solid Oxide technology to its existing portfolio of fuel cell technologies. Doosan’s existing stationary fuel cell business exceeded 1 trillion won (c. $850 million) in orders for the first time in 2018, three years after entering the market.

The £8-million (US$10-million) agreement is over two years and includes licencing, technology transfer and engineering services (subject to attainment of key milestones). Doosan will take a system-level licence of Ceres’ proprietary SteelCell SOFC technology to develop a low carbon 5-20kW power system.

Doosan and Ceres will also explore an expansion of the collaboration to access broader applications within South Korea and internationally as well as the potential to include manufacturing.

Comments

HarveyD

These low carbon power systems will help to better manage the power grids, make better use of REs, reduce the use of CPPs, NGPPs and delay the construction of very high price NPPs.

Shawn Noyes

Harvey D does not know what he is talking about. In the East—in Korea, in China and the UAE, which is being built by the Koreans—the cost is $3,000-$4,000 per kilowatt, whereas in the West the cost is north of $8,000 per kilowatt. 4.74 Liquefied U.S. Natural Gas Exports to South Korea (Dollars per Thousand Cubic Feet). Just because the United States can not built cost effectively, do not translate that to Asia.

HarveyD

SN: If the West, mainly USA/EU, cannot mass produce SOFC power systems at under $3,000/KW, the world will have to procure those units from Asia, mainly from So-Korea, Japan and China.

Technology advancement and mass production of many new technologies have been moving East for the last 20+ years.

Currently, our cars, computers, printers, WIFI, modems, smart phones, recorders, TVs, all appliances, digital thermometers, heat pumps, LED lamps, and most of our shoes, clothing were effectively manufactured in ASIA. Our last made in the West vehicle was purchased in 1990.

Shawn Noyes

Harvey D. ... My sincere apologies ... This was meant for another post related to SMR nuclear power plants as well as being unrelated to you.. Please accept my apology and I agree 100 percent with your commentary. Regards Shawn

Shawn Noyes

Except for nuclear power plants SMR (i.e., molten salt reactors) eventually being less expensive and being able to supply methanol, DME, Ammonia et al, to these types of units.

HarveyD

OK Shawn. My comments were not related to future SMRs but to clean alternate energy sources for large buildings, schools, hospitals etc to effectively better manage peak demand periods and supply energy when RE sources are not producing enough.

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