The use of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, and incineration of petrochemical materials, like plastics, contribute greatly to air pollution around the world. Indiscriminate waste disposal, meanwhile, has led to more than 10 million tons of detritus flowing into the ocean and harming marine ecosystems.
Protecting the environment has become an issue affecting all of humanity. As a global business, we must focus our efforts to develop and adopt sustainable technologies and business practices. These include helping to broaden the adoption of solar energy and building a reliable ecosystem for the rising hydrogen economy.
As a leading solar-solutions provider, Hanwha Q CELLS has established a robust value chain – from equipment manufacturing and sales to power-plant operations and management, and energy retail – to deliver sustainable energy to customers around the world.
01 : Top-Flight
Solar Solutions Provider
With a global sales network and manufacturing facilities in China, Germany, Korea, and the U.S., Hanwha Q CELLS is a major producer and supplier of highly efficient eco-friendly solar power solutions. Through constant innovation and refinement, the company has grown its global presence and production capacity to become:
The solar-module market leader in Germany, the UK, Italy, South Korea and Japan (as of 2018) and the residential and commercial market leader in the U.S. (as of 2019)
A world-class solar module manufacturer with a global production capacity of 11.3 gigawatts (GW) per year (as of 2020) and 23 GW of Q.ANTUM solar cells produced (as of 2020)
Hanwha Q CELLS’ exceptional product quality and excellent customer service has earned it numerous accolades around the world, including:
A Tier-1 rating from Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Seven consecutive Top Brand PV Europe seals and five consecutive Top Brand PV Australia seals from EuPD Research (as of 2020)
Top prize in the solar technology category at the Life & Living Awards 2020 in Germany
Five consecutive Top Performer recognitions from PV Evolution Labs (as of 2020)
02’s Solar Power Plant
Hanwha Q CELLS has made significant inroads in the United States, where it occupies the top spot in both the residential and commercial solar markets as of 2019. In addition, the company is involved in downstream-energy-distribution projects in Europe and North America.
: Over 685,000 Hanwha Q CELLS solar modules produce 182 MWac annually to provide power to more than 50,000 homes
: 350,000 Hanwha Q CELLS solar modules provide power to Facebook’s ninth data center, which is 100% reliant on sustainable energy
: Hanwha Q CELLS’ Downstream Business Unit owns more than 1 GW of solar projects and signed a deal to purchase 940 MW of new solar capacity from RIC Energy
01Investing in the Hydrogen Economy
Hydrogen is gaining global attention as a sustainable energy source. Pursuing the opportunities opening in the hydrogen economy will allow us to expand our sustainable business capacity and—in concert with our solar-energy businesses—better address climate change.
In 2018, Hanwha Energy and Hanwha General Chemical became early investors in Nikola Corporation, an American hydrogen-truck design and manufacturing company.
When Nikola begins building its hydrogen-charging network, Hanwha General Chemical will be entitled to operate charging stations when they are completed. Hanwha Energy, meanwhile, has secured the right to supply certain charging stations with electricity from its solar-power plants in the U.S.
The Nikola investment can provide further opportunities for other Hanwha businesses. For example, Hanwha Q CELLS will be able to produce solar power systems for charging stations. Meanwhile, Hanwha Advanced Materials, can manufacture hydrogen-storage tanks for both charging stations and transport trucks. Furthermore, Hanwha Chemical is developing its own electrolysis technology, an eco-friendly option for hydrogen production which uses electricity to split water into its component hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
02 ’s Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Power Plant
The adoption of hydrogen as a power source can also foster the creation of a circular economy, which emphasizes resource recycling. Take for example, the one-of-a-kind power plant Hanwha Energy operates in Seosan, Korea. It is the first hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant to only use hydrogen extracted as a byproduct from petrochemical production.
The power plant operates in a near-perfect loop. Hanwha Total Petrochemical pumps waste hydrogen to Hanwha Energy’s hydrogen-fuel-cell power plant. The electricity produced is fed back to Hanwha Total Petrochemical. The fuel cells emit water vapor as a byproduct of electricity production. The water vapor is condensed and pumped to Hanwha Total Petrochemical, where it is used to cool manufacturing processes that produce more waste hydrogen for the power plant.
At maximum capacity, the power plant will produce up to 50 MW of electricity per year, enough to provide power to 200,000 homes. Hanwha Energy expects this production model will be of great interest to both the petrochemical and utility industries.
Hanwha Solutions’ Chemical Division is committed to addressing pressing pollution issues by developing eco-friendly plastics and new materials that are safer for the environment.
01Eco-Friendly Plastics Development
In 2017, Hanwha Solutions’ Chemical Division successfully commercialized ECO-DEHCH, an eco-friendly plasticizer. Plasticizers help make plastics more flexible and less brittle, but traditional plasticizers can have harmful effects on humans and the environment. ECO-DEHCH addresses these issues and makes plastics safer to handle and recycle.
ECO-DEHCH has been cleared for use in food-related products – such as plastic wrap and bottle caps – by the United States Food and Drug Administration. It also passed toxicity tests conducted by the General Society of Surveillance in Switzerland.
In recognition of its safety and product qualities, ECO-DEHCH received Korea’s prestigious IR52 Jang Young-shil Award in 2018.
Additionally, the Chemical Division is developing eco-friendly bioplastics, including biodegradable plastics made from plant-based starches. These alternative materials will transform the way plastics are produced, used, and disposed while being safer for the environment.
Hanwha Solutions’ Chemical Division has a growing interest in recycling waste materials to produce high-value materials. For example, the Chemical Division’s manufacturing plant in Ningbo, China, accepts waste anhydrous hydrochloric acid from a neighboring plant. The Ningbo plant recycles the material, which would have been discarded, to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that can be used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications.
The Chemical Division is also the first in the world to develop recycling technology that turns waste materials from toluene diisocyanate (TDI) manufacturing back into raw materials that can be processed into adhesives, automotive materials, and other industrial goods.