H2Korea Chairman Moon Jae-do, second from left, holds an agreement with TUV Rheinland Korea chief Frank Michael Juettner, third from left, after agreeing to cooperate in the certification system of clean hydrogen. Photo courtesy of H2Korea

Two outfits will cooperate in the hydrogen industry

South Korea’s H2Korea announced on Sept. 19 that it had inked a memorandum of understanding with TUV Rheinland, a German certification organization, to boost the hydrogen economy.

Under the contract, the two outfits agreed to strengthen cooperation in the certification system of clean hydrogen.

Under the government supports, H2Korea has put forth efforts to introduce the platform of certifying environmentally-friendly ways of producing hydrogen.

H2Korea strives to launch the new certification format next year.

TUV Rheinland has been an expert organization in recognizing an organization’s compliance with safety standards and the qualification of its products, management systems, and manufacturing processes.

H2Korea Chairman Moon Jae-do and TUV Rheinland Korea chief Frank Michael Juettner took part the signing event held in Seoul.

“Through the deal with TUV Rheinland, we will come up with a life cycle inventory database and share best practices in the clean hydrogen eco-system,” an H2Korea official said.

The life cycle inventory database refers to the basic data essential for gauging the environmental performance of a product under the development of the Korean government’s norms.

Hydrogen is classified as gray, blue, and green in terms of the way it is manufactured. Although hydrogen emits just water when burned, the process of creating it may emit carbons.

Grey hydrogen, which comes from natural gas, or methane, is the most common form of hydrogen production these days. It does not capture greenhouse gases.

In comparison, green hydrogen is the only type made in a climate-neutral manner, and a mounting number of countries have set up strategies to replace grey hydrogen with green one.

H2Korea is South Korea’s state-backed organization aimed at supporting the hydrogen economy _ using hydrogen to decarbonize economic segments that are hard to electrify.

Hillary Lee studied literature in Seoul. Lee has big interests on various topics including IT, BT, business and finance. Lee can be reached at homin30@hanmail.net or 82-2-6956-6698.