Current Status and Outlook of Fuel Cells in Korea

Haeweon Lee
Haeweon Lee
11:25~12:10, November 21st, 2014

Abstract :

There exist a number of market analysis reports available for a variety of information on the deployment statistics, identification of new markets, growth potential of several critical markets, and so on. Thus a great deal of effort has been focused on the application fields with excellent deployment statistics which has been usually highlighted by the market analysts. However, those statistics show a substantially scattered distribution in terms of deployment regions, fuel cell types, and power capacity scales. This indicates that the initially emerging markets might be greatly affected not by the economic aspects or technical readiness of the fuel cell systems but by the external variables excluding technology itself. In fact, it is the public policies, including mandate regulations, incentives, and subsidies, that drive the fuel cell industries to increasing manufacturing capacity and accelerating market transformation.

At present there are three outstanding policy-driven fuel cell global markets, coincidently dividing the regions and fuel cell types. They are ENE-FARM in Japan, SGIP in US (CA), and RPS in Korea represented by residential PEMFC-CHP systems, SOFC distributed generation systems, and MCFC generation systems, respectively. These policy-driven markets are so dominant over others to play almost decisive roles in the global deployment and initial market development. It is more instructive and interesting to look into the public policies since they provide valuable insights for the future market development in combination with technical gaps and R&D needs. In this presentation, attempts will be made to correlate those public policies and energy systems as a whole in the view point of the integration of energy use rather than energy supply only. Especially judging from the public policies related to the energy integration and split, the technical progress made thus far in fuel cells will be discussed in terms of future market positioning based on the domestic policies established by Korean government.

Finally, I would like to discuss solid oxide fuel cell in terms of fabrication and durability based on my own research works in order to raise technical issues related to SOFC as ceramic composites.


Research Interests

In the field of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells



  • Obtained B.S. and M.S. Dgrees from Department of Ceramic Engineering, Seoul National University
  • Obtained Ph.D. Degree from Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA


Work Experience

After serving as R&D manager at Keramont Advanced Materials Corp. located in Tucson, AZ, USA from 1990 to 1992, worked at KIST as research scientist. (Senior research scientist, principal research scientist) since 1992. Served as Head of Energy Materials Research Center at KIST