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Embassy successfully co-hosts Joint Workshop on Optimising Wind Energy Planning

30.06.2020  08:34

Right now, a lot of things are happening quickly on the green agenda in Korea – especially with the newly announced ‘Green New Deal’. A key focus of the initiative is promoting low carbon distributed energy, thereby paving the way for more wind energy in Korea’s future.

Denmark has been a close partner of Korea in the green sector since 2011 when the Danish-Korean Green Growth Alliance was launched. The recent developments are an exciting turn of events for Denmark, which has ample knowledge, experience, and private-public competencies in the wind sector.

As such, the Embassy of Denmark in Korea partnered with the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA) to host a joint workshop on wind energy planning in Busan on Wednesday, 1 July 15:00-18:00 (Korean time). The workshop was streamed live on Zoom for speakers and other participants in Denmark and Korea to join in real time. 

During the session, experts from Denmark and Korea came together to share their expertise and perspectives on wind power projects. Danish Ambassador H.E. Einar Jensen shared updates on the revised Danish Climate Action Plan. The Ambassador also emphasised the fact that offshore wind development secures thousands of full-time equivalent jobs for companies, advocating a 'Green Restart' and Danish-Korean collaboration in this area filled with potential. The lessons from Denmark shows that integrating a high amount of variable renewables in the grid system is possible even with a low power outage.

The workshop was comprised of presentations on the Danish system of offshore spatial planning for wind energy and an overview of the Korean wind industry. Following this, a panel discussion with specialists and an online Q&A session in real time was held where various topics were discussed, from the technical aspects of developing offshore wind to the possible issues between stakeholders stemming from data. The workshop provided valuable insights about the opportunities for Korea and bilateral collaboration in wind energy.

Key participants included Ambassador Jensen; President Dr. Sanghoon Lee of the New and Renewable Energy Center (NREC) at KEA; Advisor Jørgen Lundegaard Olsen of the Danish Energy Agency; Energy & Environment Counsellor Jacob Rasmussen of the Embassy of Denmark in Korea; as well as representatives from the Korea Wind Energy Industry Association, the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, the Korea Electric Power Research Institute, as well as from renewable energy companies and institutes from both countries.


Check out the workshop program here.

See more photos here.