Air Products has announced it has signed a contract with SK Energy to construct a hydrogen fuelling station for a novel energy project, to be based in World Cup Park in Seoul, South Korea.

The hydrogen fuelling station, to be onstream in July 2010, will supply hydrogen produced solely from landfill gas to fuel a fleet of vehicles.

The project is part of Seoul’s push to use alternative supply means to generate 10% of its energy consumption by 2020, and to use hydrogen for 30% of the switch.

“This is a very innovative project with high goals, and we are proud to be part of this plan and to work with SK Energy, which is a leading Korean company in hydrogen reforming technology. Seoul should be applauded for its foresight to use this project and World Cup Park’s prominent name andlocation as a showcase and model for its future energy plans,” said Bob Kelly, Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products.

“Processing a waste stream to make hydrogen for use as an alternative fuel is a direction Air Products, together with its customers, is pursuing to take advantage of underutilised hydrogen sources.”

Kelly noted this will be Air Products’ sixth hydrogen fuelling station in South Korea.

“We are delighted to be at the forefront of hydrogen fuelling technology in Korea and this, the largest station ever installed in Asia, is a result of increased cooperation between the engineering and commercial teams in the US and Korea,” added K S Koh, Manager Global Applications Development for Air Products Korea.

Air Products’ compression, storage and dispensing technology will fuel hydrogen powered fuel cell buses for public transit initially, and a small fleet of cars targeted to increase to as many as 100 public use vehicles.

World Cup Park is a combination of several small parks adjacent to World Cup Stadium, site of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The location has been selected for several eco-friendly projects including a 'zero-energy house' completely powered by solar energy and other environmentally-friendly energies.