Republic of Korea Republic of Korea

IPHE Country Update: May 2016

Name: Seungjin Ko
Contact Information:
Covered Period: December 2015 – May 2016

New Policy Initiatives on Clean Technologies and Clean Energy (Read more)

Present supporting program

  • The Renewable Portfolio Standard is a system that places an obligation on power suppliers with a capacity of more than 500 MW to produce a certain amount of power (3.5%, 2016) from New & Renewable sources. Korea included fuel cells in the targeted energy sources.
    • Provides incentives for installation of FC facilities in residential areas and buildings

  • As for transportation, incentives are offered on the purchase of hydrogen-powered car and the installation of refuelling stations.

  • The 3rd Eco-friendly Vehicle Development and Deployment Scheme (2016~2020)
    • The Korean government set out the 3rd Eco-friendly Vehicle Development and Deployment Scheme (2016~2020) to promote domestic eco-friendly vehicle market growth and to transform the current automobile landscape to a more eco-friendly one.
    • The scheme aims to deploy 9,000 FCEV on the street by 2020.
    • To meet this goal, there will be investments in FCEV technologies, consolidation of infrastructure, creation of an eco-friendly vehicle favourable social environment, and amendment on relevant laws.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Update (Read more)   

The 2016 budget for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell stands at a total amount of US$26 million. US$4 million goes to the Hydrogen sector, the rest goes to the fuel cell sector. Currently, it is focused on cost reduction and improving durability of fuel cell systems for residential power generation, vehicles, and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Coupled with the declaration of Mission Innovation, the budget for Clear Energy is expected to expand.

Demonstration and Deployments Update (Read more)

In order to facilitate and support hydrogen/fuel cell technologies and industries, a fuel cell system test-bed has been established in Ulsan city (i.e., pipeline, test platform, laboratory, etc), using by-product hydrogen from an Ulsan industrial complex (2014~2019).

Total hydrogen fuel cells installed up to and including 2014 is 177,206kW, with hydrogen/fuel cell for power generation the leading category of use (43,240kW in 2014).

Events and Solicitations (Read more)

26th IPHE Steering Committee Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday Nov 2nd to Friday Nov 4th 2016
  • Location: KIMDAEJUNG Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea

Korea Energy Show (

  • Exhibition aiming to promote NRE entailing hydrogen and fuel cells Nov 8th to 11th at Il-san Kintex.

Investments: Government and Collaborative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Funding (Read more)  

US$5.4 million will be invested in FCEV, Hydrogen refuelling stations, and US$5.3 million will be focused on household and building applications in 2016.

2016 R&D budget is US$26 million.


Ministry of Knowledge Economy
Hydrogen R&D Center
National RD&D Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell
Korean Hydrogen and New Energy Society

Member Statements

Member Statements (Read more) - Last updated May 2016

  • Korean Statement (PDF 261KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
  • Korean Presentation (PDF 448KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
  • Korean Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015
  • Korean Statement (PDF 3.53MB); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014
  • Korean Statement (PDF 1.55MB); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014
  • Korean Statement (PDF 929KB); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013
  • Korean Statement (PDF 1.23MB); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013
  • Korean Statement(PDF 1.79MB); 18th Steering Committee Meeting; Seville, Spain; 14 November 2012
  • Korean Statement (PDF 1.36MB); 17th Steering Committee Meeting; Cape Town, South Africa; 3-4 May 2012
  • Korean Statement (PDF 1.54MB); 15th Steering Committee Meeting; Vancouver, Canada; May 2011
  • Korean Presentation (PDF 2.07MB); IPHE Infrastructure Workshop; Sacramento, CA, USA; 25-26 February 2010
  • Korean Statement (PDF 2.86MB); ILC/SC Joint Meeting; Washington, DC; 1-3 December 2009
  • Korean Statement (PDF 564KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Sao Paulo, Brazil; 24-25 April 2007
  • Korean Statement (PDF 624KB); Implementation-Liaison Committee Meeting; Oxford, England; 30 January - 1 February 2007
  • Korean Statement (PDF 1.26MB); Steering Committee Meeting; Kyoto, Japan; 14 September 2005
  • Korean Statement (PDF 205KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Paris, France; 26-28 January 2005
  • Korean Statement (PDF 322KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Beijing, China; 26-28 May 2004
  • Ministerial Statement; IPHE Inaugural Ministerial Meeting; Washington, D.C.; 20 Nov 2003


Demonstration & Deployment (Read more) - Last updated January 2009

Hydrogen Demonstration Program Overviews

In 2006, Korea began monitoring projects to demonstrate fuel cells in both transportation and residential power generation applications. The main goal of these projects is to build infrastructure and to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies from the laboratory to the market.

Hydrogen Filling Stations (Nationwide)

  • Total of 5 hydrogen filling stations

Hydrogen Vehicles Involved in Demonstration Programs

  • Total of 40 fuel cell vehicles until 2010
  • Total of 4 fuel cell buses until 2010

Stationary Fuel Cells

  • Total of 240 stationary fuel cells until 2010; size(s) not reported

Demonstrations Involving Other Types of Fuel Cell Applications

None reported


None reported