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Title [The 97th KISTEP Wednesday Forum] Energy Conversion and Hydrogen Society
Writer Kyungran Choi Date 2018-12-19 Hit 228
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KISTEP held the 97th KISTEP Wednesday Forum with the theme of “Energy Conversion and Hydrogen Society” on December 19th (Wed), 2018. The Forum was held to review the status and issues of hydrogen fuel cells in Korea and to hear of experts’ opinions to on policy directions in the new era of energy conversion.

The forum began with an opening address by President Sang-seon Kim (KISTEP), followed by presentation by Hong Seong-Ahn (Chaired Professor, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology). Panel discussion were led by Harry Cho (Managing Director, JNK Heaters Co., Ltd.), Jin-Nam Park (Professor, School of New & Renewable Energy, Kyungil University) and Yang Tae-Hyun (Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Energy Research), and open floor discussion followed the last.


 

[▲ Sang-seon Kim (President of KISTEP)]

 
In the presentation, Professor Hong shared the recent issues of energy and hydrogen, and expressed “The energy conversion policies of government are actively implemented such as the selection of ‘hydrogen economy’ for the top 3 strategic investment targets and the national energy conversion policy has been actively implementing to cover 20% of total power generation with renewable energy by 2030.

Professor Hong explained “Our policy direction of energy is the renewable energy system because of the limited fossil fuels, and hydrogen needs to be considered for renewable energy.” Also, he mentioned, “The key technology of the hydrogen-economic society is fuel cell, and our system technology of fuel cell meets the global level.

And he mentioned, “Despite the epochal development of hydrogen production and utilization technologies, storage and transportation of hydrogen is still a matter of solution, so the success or failure of the hydrogen economy depends on how the hydrogen infrastructure is built efficiently in early stage.”

 


[▲ Hong Seong-Ahn (Chaired Professor, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)]


 
Lastly, with a policy proposal for the development of the hydrogen industry, he emphasized “National vision and direction should be set up in order to promote a successful hydrogen economy and we need to approach problem solving in mid-to long-term with careful planning.

 


[▲ (from the left) Yang Tae-Hyun (Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Energy Research), Jin-Nam Park (Professor, School of New & Renewable Energy, Kyungil University),
and Harry Cho (Managing Director, JNK Heaters Co., Ltd.)


 
In the following panel session, Managing director Harry Cho (JNK Heaters Co., Ltd.) emphasized the importance of enhancing national acceptability of hydrogen society, saying, “The preliminary stage of hydrogen socialization is the transportation sector, and as the use of internal-combustion engine cars in decreasing around the world, we need to make alternative plans for hydrogen cars to act as substitutes. And we need to prepare active compensation policy at national level for promoting hydrogen charging stations.”

Professor Jin-Nam Park (School of New & Renewable Energy, Kyungil University) explained, “We need to take a careful approach since it is at the roadmap stage of hydrogen economy in Korea,” and “Supplying hydrogen electric vehicles and charging stations are significant for the first step, and consideration of the policy on hydrogen development, such as national subsidy policy is needed.”

Principal researcher Yang Tae-Hyun (Korea Institute of Energy Research) emphasized, “The operation management technology of hydrogen fuel cells in Korea is the top level of the world, and we need to use it as a national growth engine for our country,” and, “The overall hydrogen industry needs support through the long term plans.”
 

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