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KOMIPO Signs MOU with Doosan Fuel Cell to Verify Application of ORC System to PAFCs
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KOMIPO Signs MOU with Doosan Fuel Cell to Verify Application of ORC System to PAFCs
  • By Michael Herh
  • November 15, 2019, 11:39
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A view of the PAFC system at KOMIPO’s Boryeong Power Plant

Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) announced on Nov. 14 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Doosan Fuel Cell to jointly verify the application of an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system to a phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) system for the first time in Korea.

An ORC facility is an eco-friendly power generation system with no carbon emissions as it generates power with waste heat.

An ORC system uses heat to run steam turbines to produce electricity, But it uses organic materials, not water. Organic materials have a lower boiling point than water, allowing turbines to run on hot heat even at a lower temperature.

PAFCs produce electricity and heat at the same time, but heat loss can occur due to a decrease in the utilization rate in summer. They also have limitations in site selection. If PAFCs are linked with an ORC system, they can produce electric power year-round with waste heat, and face fewer limitations in site selection.

KOMIPO and Doosan Fuel Cell will collaborate in verifying the application of an ORC system to Boryeong Power Generation Headquarters' PAFC System (7.48 MW).