Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to install solar panels at gas stations across South Korea
- Hanwha Q CELLS Korea signs MOU with KOSA, Dongwon EnC, Dasstech, and JB Bank to develop solar-powered gas stations
- Innovative project to utilize the unused roof space of gas stations in order to power households with renewable energy
[Seoul, Korea, June 28, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation (“Hanwha Q CELLS Korea” or the “Company”) recently inked a multi-party memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a landmark project to install solar panels across gas stations in South Korea. The project will see Hanwha Q CELLS Korea provide solar modules to members of the Korea Oil Station Association (“KOSA”), with Dasstech Co., Ltd. (“Dasstech”) supplying power inverters in order to achieve efficient energy conversion. Dongwon EnC Corp. (“Dongwon EnC”) will manage the installation process, while Jeonbuk Bank Ltd (“JB Bank”) will provide project financing.
Hyun-Soo Cho, President and CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, attended the ceremony to sign the MOU, along with Young-Hwa Lee, President of KOSA, Jun-Ho Kang, CEO of Dongwon EnC, Jung-Yang Kum, Vice President of Dasstech, and Gyeong-Sik Shim, Branch Manager of JB Bank, to demonstrate their dedication to developing solar-powered gas stations.
Solar driving renewed change in Korea
One of the main benefits of this project is that it helps to conserve land area usually required for solar panels by utilizing the unused space of a gas station’s rooftop. The roofs of Korean gas stations are typically higher than those of adjacent structures, making them ideal for harnessing solar energy, and are also highly accessible in terms of maintenance purposes. Another positive aspect and long-term potential of this project is that the solar energy can also be used in a distributed generation system.
By installing solar panels, gas station owners will receive Renewable Energy Certification and up to 50% more benefits than if they were to use only conventional power sources. If all 13,000 gas stations in Korea were to be fitted with solar panels, they would be capable of generating 300MW of power, which would be enough to meet the electricity demand of about 90,000 local households every year. The installation cost for 300MW PV systems could reach up to approximately 300 billion Korean won.
Numerous companies globally have embarked on similar projects to develop solar-powered gas stations. In 2016, French energy company Total S.A. invested $300 million with the goal of installing a total of 200MW of solar panels across 5,000 service stations worldwide over the next five years. The ENOC (Emirates National Oil Company) Group announced in 2017 that it will install solar panels at all of its new gas stations, beginning with stations in Dubai.
“This exciting project is part of Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s ongoing effort to increase the development of solar power generation and expand market demand,” said Hyun-Soo Cho, President and CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS Korea. “Solar-powered gas stations are an interesting hybrid concept that combines solar energy with fossil fuels, illustrating how both energy sources can work side-by-side in a real business environment.”
Hanwha Q CELLS Korea
Founded in April 2011, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea is an affiliate of Hanwha Group. Hanwha Q CELLS Korea operates production sites for state-of-the-art solar cells and modules in South Korea. Furthermore, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea is active in the solar downstream segment in the growing Korean solar market as well as countries in Asia and Europe. The company delivers integrated solar power plant solutions encompassing development, construction, and operation.
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