KT Corp. announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Doosan Fuel Cell to expand its fuel cell business and develop an artificial intelligence (AI) unmanned driving platform.
The two companies signed the MOU on Tuesday at the Novotel Ambassador Hotel in Dongdaemun, Seoul. Through the agreement, KT and Doosan Fuel Cell would jointly develop an “intelligent unmanned platform” for fuel cells.
Fuel cells produce electricity and heat through electrochemical reactions of oxygen and hydrogen. They are highly efficient power generation systems with high energy outputs.
KT and Doosan would use the Korean telecommunications company’s AI technology and intelligent energy management platform KT-MEG (Micro Energy Grid).
The fuel cell “Intelligent Unmanned Driving Platform” could function without the presence of a resident operating personnel. The platform could produce a stable, high-quality power where power generation operators use fuel cells.
The system includes the collection of real-time operation information, automatic fuel cell operation, maintenance preparation, emergency measures, and unmanned control through a video security system. The platform also includes security against fire and intrusion in the facility.
Both companies would promote energy-saving model development projects that utilize fuel cells for structures owned by KT throughout the country. The heat generated from the fuel cells would be used for heating and hot water supply.
Additionally, the two companies would also jointly promote a project of hydrogen-powered demonstration city in Ansan. The smart city would possess a hydrogen ecosystem that uses hydrogen as its primary source of energy.
Lee Seung-joon, head of sales at Doosan Fuel Cell, expects that the development of an intelligent unmanned driving platform for fuel cells would increase customer satisfaction with the maintenance of power plants. He added that the collaboration with KT would revitalize the hydrogen economy and spread renewable energy.
Moon Sung-wook, head of KT’s new business division, said that KT would continue to cooperate with Doosan Fuel Cell to advance eco-friendly and highly efficient energy-based businesses.