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Hydrogen-powered Town Coming to Samcheok by 2023


DAEJEON, June 26 (Korea Bizwire) The Korea Institute of Energy Research has begun an empirical study on the establishment of a hydrogen and clean energy-based residential complex in the municipality of Samcheok, Gangwon Province.

The institute will invest 16.6 billion won (US$13.8 million) to build necessary infrastructure for a hydrogen-powered residential area in Samcheok, a designated special zone for hydrogen research and development, by the end of 2023.

The institute plans to create an eco-friendly residential complex that combines hydrogen, renewable energy, and eco-friendly construction techniques.


In particular, it will introduce metal hydride-based hydrogen storage systems and non-mechanical compression technology to prevent noise and vibration, while increasing stability and receptivity.

The institute plans to make use of the RoRen House construction technique used for zero-energy detached home complexes, and turn certain amounts of energy produced from the complex into hydrogen for outside exchange.

RoRen House, which stands for “zeRO energy” and “RENtal house,” is the country’s first “zero-energy housing pilot complex” at Sejong City, administrative hub 130 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

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