Republic of Korea

Updated July 2020
FC Trucks
FC Bus
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Refueling Station
Stationary FC
Current Status 
Target   by 2040
Hydrogen Roadmap

Initiatives, Programs, and Policies

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) released the 5th Community Energy Supply Basic Plan. It includes policy measured to encourage community energy suppliers to use fuel cells such as applying fast track approval procedures to fuel cell installation in existing community energy facilities or sites.

Three ministries, including MOTIE, sealed a “Memorandum of Understanding on Demonstration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks Deployment” with Hyundai Motors and major domestic logistics businesses. The demonstration project will be ready by the end of 2020 and implemented for the following 2 years

Research and Development

The government plans to demonstrate MW-scale renewable energy-fed water electrolysis technology starting 2020.

KEPCO embarked on a “P2G technology development for storing and transforming renewable energy” project, aiming at demonstration of 2MW PEM-alkaline hybrid electrolysis system.

Demonstration, Deployments, and Workforce Developments

The government implements the following “Hydrogen Industry Promotion Projects”:

  • “Hydrogen Model City Project” is to build hydrogen model cities in Ulsan, Ansan and Wanju-Jeonju area by 2022. In the city of Ulsan, a model city with an area of 5.87km2 is to be developed on a total budget of 39.1 billion KRW (USD32.6M). Various hydrogen technologies (residential, transportation, industrial, etc.) will be introduced in the model city.
  • “Hydrogen Green Mobility Regulation-free Special Zone Project” is expected to allow for demonstration of hydrogen-based mobility technologies.
  • “Hydrogen Integrated Mobility Cluster Establishment Project” is to establish a hydrogen-based mobility cluster in selected regions, integrating local major industries such as automobile, ship-building and chemistry (conditional on preliminary feasibility study to be completed by the first half of 2021).

Events and Solicitations

MOTIE, in cooperation with Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) and Korea Energy Agency (KEA), is due to host “2020 Korea Energy Transition Week” in Seoul from October 21 to 23. There will be a hydrogen session with the theme of “Role of Green Hydrogen in Completing Energy Transition”. The “2020 Energy Transition International Conference” and related exhibitions will take place in parallel.

Investments and Funding

With an intent to gain a new growth momentum, MOTIE intends to invest additional 6.9Billion KRW (USD57.5M), as a part of the national green new deal package in the remaining half of 2020. Green hydrogen production and storage R&D support program and hydrogen safety enhancement project are included in MOTIE’s proposal.

Regulations, Codes & Standards, and Safety

Recent deregulation cases: rationalization of hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) safety criteria, permission of multi-story HRS, relaxation of HRS building restriction in development restriction zones, permission of HRS in industrial complexes.


Member Statements

Last updated July 2020 Korean Statement (PDF); 33nd Steering Committee Meeting; Online, June 16-19, 2020 Korean Statement (PDF); 32nd Steering Committee Meeting; Seoul, Republic of Korea; October 21-25, 2019 Korean Statement (PDF); 31st Steering Committee Meeting; Vienna, Austria; April 9-12. 2019 Korean Statement (PDF); 27th Steering Committee Meeting; Hamburg, Germany; April 25-28, 2017 Korean Statement (PDF 261KB); 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 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 Contact: Sung Moon JUNG |

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