South Korea wins a gold medal for sustainability

South Korea should win a gold medal for its energy efficiency successes in its hosting of the Winter Olympics. That’s the verdict from the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), which says the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has managed to cut carbon intensity through the careful management of […]

UK-South Korea in £6m smart energy innovation partnership

The UK and the South Korea have announced a £6 million partnership for smart energy innovation. The programme will support development and demonstration projects on innovative smart energy technologies and business models, each one involving companies from both nations. They are said to be at similar stages in the development and deployment of smart systems, […]

South Korea ‘could go 100% green by 2050’

South Korea could go 100% renewable by 2050 if it stays committed to its green targets. That’s according to the WWF, who says transitioning to a clean energy system would offer a major opportunity for new jobs and economic growth, as well as significant environmental benefits. Renewable energy currently accounts for just 2% of the country’s […]

Seoul heats up with new CHP plant

A new 20MW fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) plant has officially been opened in Seoul, South Korea. The Noeul Green Energy fuel cell park will generate enough electricity to power around 43,000 households as well as heat for around 9,000 homes. Fuel cells convert a fuel source into electricity and heat in a […]

South Korean homes ‘paying more for power than factories’

A large number of South Korean households pay more per unit of energy than factories. State-owned utility Korea Electric Power Corp (Kepco) charges residential customers higher rates as usage increases whereas industrial users pay a flat rate that falls during off-peak hours. Householders paid 123.69 won (8p) per kilowatt hour last year, higher than 107.41 won […]

Vestas wins 76MW wind order in South Korea

Vestas has won a contract to supply turbines for a wind project in South Korea. The company claims it will be the nation’s largest wind farm in 10 years. The Danish manufacturer will also be responsible for the supervision of the turbine installations. Jung Maeng Hwa, General Manager of development and construction firm Hanwha E&C, […]

Kia EV picked for US wireless charging study

A South Korean automotive giant’s electric vehicle (EV) has been selected to trial a new wireless charging system in the US. Kia’s Soul EV wireless charger has reached the final stage of development and will be tested on five of its models. It won funding from the US Department of Energy for the project. It […]

South Korea ‘to cut emissions by 37% by 2030’

South Korea has planned to cut emissions by 37% by 2030. That’s an increase from the 15% to 30% reduction it initially proposed. The target is set to be submitted to the UN today confirming the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). That’s part of a new global emissions reduction deal which will be agreed at […]

South Korean solar firm adds 45MW in UK

A South Korean solar company has opened two plants in the UK with a total capacity of 45.2MW. Hanwha Q Cells has started operations at the 20.4MW Fenland Farm and the 24.8MW Green End solar plants near Cambridge. Around 172,500 solar panels have been installed at the sites in total. The company claims this will save around […]

Aberdeen to open engineering campus in South Korea

The University of Aberdeen is to become the first UK higher education institution to open a campus in South Korea. The new facility in the Hadong District, in the Gwangyang Free Economic Zone, will specialise in teaching engineering courses related to the offshore oil and gas industry. It will also provide students in Aberdeen with […]