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SK signs MOU with U.S. hydrogen firm Monolith to set up joint venture in S. Korea

All News 09:29 October 13, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- SK Inc., the holding company of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, said Wednesday it has signed an initial deal with a U.S. hydrogen maker to set up a joint venture as part of efforts to bolster its clean energy business.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed with Monolith Materials Inc., aims to create a joint venture to produce green hydrogen and carbon black products in South Korea, the company said in a release. Monolith will provide the technology and training, and SK will oversee the production, sales and distribution of those products.

Monolith, a Nebraska-based company, is the first American manufacturer to produce a unique type of green hydrogen by converting natural gas into hydrogen and a solid carbon byproduct, known as carbon black, a key component for tires and industrial rubber goods.

In June, SK said it signed a deal to acquire an unspecified stake in Monolith, as it has been bolstering its portfolio in eco-friendly and sustainable energy sources and expanding investment in the hydrogen business.

SK also said it plans to launch a joint research and development project to commercialize Monolith's solid carbon, a main material used in electric vehicle batteries.

The two companies plan to sign a formal agreement on establishing the joint venture around early next year, according to SK.

SK CEO Jang Dong-hyun (L) poses for a photo with Rob Hanson, CEO of Monolith Inc., after signing a memorandum of understanding on establishing a joint venture and pursuing other cooperation in the hydrogen business, in this photo provided by SK Inc. on Oct. 13, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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