Bloom Energy today announced its first Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project in collaboration with SK ecoplant (formerly known as SK Engineering and Construction). The new 4.2-megawatt (MW) installation marks South Korea’s first-ever utility-scale solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) CHP initiative.
CHP technology simultaneously utilizes both the electricity it generates and the excess thermal energy it emits to recover and reuse the heat that would have otherwise been lost during the power generation process. Coupled with a heat recovery system designed by SK ecoplant, the captured thermal energy will provide heat and warm water to the communities nearby Bukpyung Recreational and Sports Center, improving the building’s energy efficiency. The project is also intended to reduce CO2 emissions compared to relying on the local grid alternative.
With construction expected to begin later this year, the new 4.2 MW utility-scale CHP installation will leverage Bloom’s SOFC technology configured in an innovative Power Tower format. Designed for maximum power density in a condensed footprint, the Power Tower will vertically stack 1.8 MW of Bloom Energy Servers in a pillar architecture.
To be located in Donghae City, the power generated by Bloom Energy will produce 35,000-megawatt hours per year of highly efficient, clean and resilient electricity, while capturing 4 million megacalories of thermal energy through the Power Tower and SK ecoplant’s heat recovery system.