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Renewable Energy

Fostering Direction
Expansion of the foundation for renewable energy industries
  • Solar energy performance evaluation, testing and certification infrastructure, attract energy research institutes, establish international geothermal heat research centers, etc.
Strengthening the capacity of next-generation energy technology
  • Development and support of technologies such as next-generation solar cells, energy storage, microgrids, etc. 
  • Establishment of solar power performance evaluation and test certification infrastructure
Expansion of new and renewable energy supply
  • Government-supported projects (regional support, housing support, etc.), mandatory installation at public institutions, and active utilization of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), the mandatory supply of new and renewable energy by power generation operators
Current Status of new & renewable energy supply in Gwangju

(Unit: 1,000 toe (tonne of oil equivalent), %, As of end of 2017)

Current Status of new & renewable energy supply in Gwangju
Classification 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
New & Renewable Energy Annual Supply Rate [B/A] 2.41 2.16 2.30 1.72 2.13 3.02 3.89 3.67 3.79 3.95
Primary Energy Supply [A] 1,535 1,573 1,695 1,802 1,739 1,918 1,903 1,825 1,849 1,852
Production of New & Renewable Energy [B] 37 34 39 31 37 58 74 67 70 73
Growth Rate - -0.08 0.15 -0.21 0.19 0.57 0.28 -0.09 0.04 0.04

※ Source: 2018 Yearbook of Regional Energy Statistics (Korea Energy Economics Institute)

Infrastructure expansion
Solar City Center (Seonam Regional Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology)
  • New & Renewable Energy Industry Promotion Center
  • Establishment of a comprehensive new and renewable energy technology support system such as product technology development including solar power, test production, and test certification, and support for high-tech infrastructure for businesses  
  • Mar. 2009 ∼ Nov. 2011, 7.4 billion KRW
  • Organization Overview  
    • Opening: 2011/11/16 (Center Completion: Mar. 2009) 
    • Personnel: 27 (Doctor level 9, Master level 5, Others 13) 
    • Facility: Total floor area 1,652㎡ (Laboratory 1F, Research/Office 2F) 
    • Equipment holdings: 32 types of solar cell·fuel cell process/analysis equipment
  • Vision and Goals  
    • Vision: Leading professional organization for fostering and supporting the new and renewable energy industry 
    • Goals: System for systematic and efficient support of new and renewable energy industries in Gwangju and Honam area
  • Main functions and roles
    • Green energy policy planning, technology development, corporate support and manpower training 
    • Energy industry-academia-research council networking, solar industry infrastructure construction, solar power company support, field manpower training
    • Silicon thin-film and compound-based solar cell technology development, SOFC-type fuel cell technology development, secondary battery technology development, and photonics convergence reliability research, etc.
    • Solve technical difficulties through solar cell test-bed business and support companies
Solar Cell R&D Center (Seonam Regional Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology)
  • World-class next-generation solar cell technology research center
  • Support for corporate R&D by securing source and commercialization technologies in core materials/cells for I, II, and III generation solar cells 
  • June~ Oct. 2012, 860 million KRW
  • Organization Overview
    • Opening: Oct. 2012 (Center Completion June 2012) 
    • Personnel: 8 (Doctor level 1, Others 7) 
    • Facility: Total floor area 452㎡ (Process and precision analysis room 1F) 
    • Equipment holdings: 20 types of solar cell process/analysis equipment
  • Vision and goals
    • Vision: World’s leading organization for next-generation solar cell technology
    • Goals: Corporate support hub (test-bed) to secure world top technology and strengthen R&D capabilities of solar companies in the Honam area
  • Main functions and roles  
    • Corporate R&D support in the field of core materials/cells for I, II, and III generation solar cells
    • Technology transfer through securing source and commercialization technology  
    • Solar power policy planning, technology development, corporate support and manpower training
International Geothermal Heat Research Center (Seonam Regional Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology)
  • Research, development of heat utilization technology and fostering of urban geothermal specialized industries
  • May 2013∼ Apr. 2014, 2 billion KRW
  • Organization overview
    • Opening: Apr. 2015 (Center completion: May 2013) 
    • Personnel: 4 (Doctor level 1, others 3) 
    • Equipment holdings: 13 types (Analysis and evaluation equipment, auxiliary equipment, etc.) 
  • Key research contents
    • Geothermal power generation system flow analysis, deep geothermal power plant heat exchange efficiency analysis  
    • Geothermal power plant heat and fluid simulation  
    • Measurement and evaluation of heat exchange efficiency of heat exchanger  
    • Study on heat exchange efficiency of underground heat exchanger with porosity  
  • Main functions and roles 
    • Direct geothermal use and power generation technology development‧industrialization support
Korea Institute of Energy Research (Gwangju Bio/Energy R&D Center)
  • Energy storage and bio technology developmentㆍcorporate support  
  • 2013, 2017 38.9 billion KRW 
  • Organization Overview  
    • Opening: Mar. 2018  
    • Personnel: 25 (Bio research 14, Energy storage research 7, facility operation research 4) 
    • Equipment holdings: 13 types (Analysis and evaluation equipment, auxiliary equipment, etc.) 
  • Major Business 
    • Matching research project in Gwangju Metropolitan City (energy storage and bioenergy)
    • In-house research project (Research on biocatalyst development for production of biofuel intermediates with by-products from waste wood)
  • Main functions  
    • Development of core materials for RFB and system technology
    • Development of core technology for secondary battery reuse (recycling) 
    • Bio-coal production technology / Development of Biogas production technology
    • Bio-refinery technology development based on biocatalyst  
    • Development of new and renewable bio energy / energy storage technology and corporate support, etc.
Technology Development Project
Development of Next Generation Solar Cell Technology and Establishment of Research Project
  • Period: 2009 ~ 2015 (7 years) 
  • Project expenses: 27.5 billion KRW (National budget only) 
  • Organizer: Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology  
  • Business details: Organic (plastic) solar cell commercialization technology development and industrialization
Redox Flow Batteries (RFB) Development Project
  • Period: June 2012 ~ May 2017 (5 years) 
  • Total budget: 9 billion KRW (National budget 5, municipal budget 1.5, private funding 2.5) (billion KRW)
  • Organizer/participants: ENERGY&AIR SYSTEM Co., Ltd./ Korea Electronics Technology Institute, Chonnam National University Academic Cooperation Foundation and six others.  
  • Programs: Development of Redox Flow Batteries system (20kw class) and core component materials
Fostering energy conversion and storage material parts industry (Economic Cooperation Right Industry)
  • Period: 2015 ~ 2018 (3 years) 
  • Total Budget: 21 billion KRW (National budget 12.7, Municipal budget 4.9, Private funding 3.4) 
  • Participating local governments: Gwangju (Organization), Jeonbuk (Cooperation) 
  • Ministry/Exclusive: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy/ Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
  • Business details: Support and foster local companies related to solar cells, deep geothermal, secondary cells, and ESS
Fostering Local Industries Linked to Growth Base
  • Period: Aug. 2014 ~ July 2017 (3 years) 
  • Total Budget: 8.7 billion KRW (National budget 3.5, municipal budget 0.4, private funding etc. (Jeonnam, KEPCO) 4.8) (billion KRW)
    • Organizer/Participants: ENERGY&AIR SYSTEM Co., Ltd./ Korea Electronics Technology Institute, Chonnam National University Academic Cooperation Foundation and six others.
  • Business details    
    • (Task 1) Development of hybrid type (wind power, solar power) microgrid system technology in island areas
    • (Task 2) Microgrid type smart BESS (battery energy storage system) technology development  
    • (Task 3) Network project linking public institutions and local innovation institutions that have moved to innovation cities
Energy Internet of Things (IoT) Industry Ecosystem Development Project
  • Period: Aug. 2015~July 2017 (2 years)
  • Total Budget: 2.2 billion KRW (National budget 1.3, municipal budget 0.3, private funding, etc 0.6) (billion KRW)
  • Organizer/Participants: Honam University, KEPCO KPS, KETI, Gwangju TP, ENERGY&AIR SYSTEM Co., etc.  
  • Business details: Demonstration and industrialization of long- and short-cycle hybrid ESS 
    • (Task 1) Development of hybrid ESS operating system for emergency power supply and peak load response  
    • (Task 2) Energy loT business support  
    • (Task 3) Fostering human resources in the energy loT field 
    • (Task 4) Networking among main bodies of innovation in the information and communication sector  
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Intelligent technologies and services that connect all objects to the Internet and communicate information.
Redox Flow Battery (RFB) Test and Certification Center Construction Project
  • Period: Apr. 2019 ~ Dec. 2022 (4 years) 
  • Total budget: 25 billion KRW (National budget 8, Municipal budget 14.6, private funding 2.4, etc) (billion KRW)
  • Implementing Body: (Exclusive) Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, (Host) Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, (Participants) City, Battery R&D Association of Korea, Chonnam National University, KIER, KETI  
  • Programs: Establishment of redox flow battery test evaluation platform for power storage, technology development, equipment infrastructure and operation system establishment, manpower training, global network establishment
Urban Specialized MG Parts and System Development Project
  • Period: Oct. 2018 ~ Mar. 2021 (3 years) 
  • Total Budget: 28.5 billion KRW (National budget 15.5, municipal budget 6.7, private funding etc 6.3) (billion KRW)
  • Implementing Body: (Exclusive) Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, (Host) Daeho company, and seven others, (Participants) Korea Electronics Technology Institute and 14 others
  • Business details: Urban-specialized MG parts and system development and integrated support project (seven tasks such as DC power-based MG development and demonstration with ESS and intelligent EMS applied)
Support Project for Ionix-based Material Development Research Center Using Artificial Intelligence
  • Period: Aug. 2018 ~ Feb. 2025 (3 years) 
  • Total Budget: 17.4 billion KRW (National budget 13.2, Municipal budget 0.7, Chonnam National University 1.4, Private funding 2.1) (billion KRW) 
  • Implementing body: (Host) Chonnam National University, (Participants) Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Hanbat National University, Sookmyung Women's University, Korea Basic Science Institute, etc. 
  • Business details  
    • Establishment of Engineering Research Center (ERC)
    • Establishment of an energy material platform using artificial intelligence (materials and process development, source material technology development)
    • Development of technology for next-generation energy storage system with high value-added products and support for commercialization
Blockchain-based EV-renewable connection
  • Period: Oct. 2019 ~ Aug. 2023 (3 years) 
  • Total budget: 9.81 billion KRW (National Budget 7, Municipal budget 1, Private funding 1.81) (billion KRW) 
  • Implementing bodies: (exclusive) Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, (organizer) Chosun University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, (participants) KT Corp., Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, SmartMind. Inc., SIGNET EV Inc., Mokpo National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Daeho company
  • Business details  
    • Development and demonstration of 350kw DC power transaction platform system in the public community
    • Development of smart contract technology for real-time power transactions based on blockchain  
    • Development and operation of an integrated solution system for DC power transactions for P2P
Multi-Terminal Direct Current Distribution Platform Establishment Project
  • Period: 2019~2024 
  • Total budget: 200 billion KRW (National Budget 123.1 Municipal budget 37.9, Private funding 39) (billion KRW) 
  • Implementing body: Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, KEPCO, Electrical Safety Research Institute, and other participating business, etc.
  • Business details
    • Development of platform and technology for activating new energy industry based on DC
    • (Infrastructure construction 100 billion KRW) Establishment of a research complex for living lab in open DC energy new industry  
    • (Technology development 100 billion KRW) Development of core components of direct current distribution of multi-terminal, operation and demonstration of DC grid, etc.
Future Smart Grid Empirical Research Project
  • Period: 2019 ~ 2023 (5 years) 
  • Total budget: 27.1 billion KRW (National Budget 13.4, Municipal budget 3, Private funding 10.7) (billion KRW) 
  • Implementing body: (Exclusive) KETEP, (Organizer) SK Telecom Co., Ltd., (Participants) KEPCO, Hyundai Motors, Hyosung Corp., Korea Smart Grid Institute, KOPTI, KETI, and 17 organizations 
  • Business details: Establishment of experience complex for demonstration of future power service models
Intelligent Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Establishment Project
  • Period: March 2016 ~ May 2019 (5 years) 
  • Total budget: 4.5 billion KRW (National Budget 1.9, Municipal budget 0.8, KEPCO 1.8) (billion KRW)
  • Implementing body: KEPCO Consortium (KEPCO, LG Uplus Corp., KEPCO KDN, Wooam Corp., PSTEC Co., Ltd., Wizit Co., Ltd.)
  • Business details: Installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and server (EMS:Energy Management System) for each household in high-pressure water-powered apartments
Hydrogen fuel cell power plant construction support project
  • Period: 2019 ~ Scheduled to be promoted  
  • Total budget: 2.3 billion KRW (Only private funding) 
  • Implementing body: Korea Western Power Co., Ltd. (SPC establishment) 
  • Business details: 330MW class fuel cell power plant construction (Nam-gu, Gwangsan-gu)
Establishment of Gwangju regional organization of Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute
  • Period: 2015 ~ 2022 (8 years) / Construction (2015~June 2020), Operation (June 2020~) 
  • Total budget: 74.2 billion KRW (National budget 19.25, Municipal budget 52.45, Private funding 2.5) (billion KRW)
  • Location: Urban High-tech Industrial Complex A1-1 in Nam-gu  
  • Business details : (Phase 1) Gwangju Power Conversion Research and Test Center, (Phase 2) Establishment of the foundation for internationally recognized testing and certification for ultra-high voltage DC-based power devices, etc.
New & Renewable energy supply project
Government support project
  • Housing support project (2004~2019): 4,010 places (solar power 1,734kw, solar heat 326㎡ etc) 
  • Regional support project (2007~2019): 185 places (solar power 2,380kw, solar heat 2,200㎡ etc)
  • Building support project (2007~2019): 148 places (solar power 3,277kw, solar heat 2,002㎡ etc)
Mass housing sunlight power plant supply project
  • Period: 2015 ~ 2019 (continues)
  • Target: Mass housings in Gwangju Metropolitan City 
  • Program: Support for installation costs of small solar power panels (250W~350W) for balcony and roof of security room in mass housing
  • Implementation performance: 1,920 places, solar power 575kw (2015 ~ 2019)
Mandatory installation on public institutions (buildings with a total floor area of 1,000㎡ or more for new construction, expansion and renovation)
  • Mandatory installation on public institutions (2008~2017): 105 sites (solar power 3,538kw, solar heat 350㎡, region 2,582kw etc.)
Renewable Energy Private Generation Business
Permission Status for Private Generation Business
  • Current status of power generation projects by year and condition
Current status of power generation projects by year and condition
Classification Total '05~'14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19.6.
Total Number of Case 1,096 303 83 84 203 254 169
Facility Capacity 197,182 55,612 11,174 12,404 45,777 44,733 27,482
  • Power generation business permit status by energy source  
Power generation business permit status by energy source  
Classification Total '05~'14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19.6.
Total (case) 1,096 303 83 84 203 254 169
Solar energy 1,088 298 83 83 202 254 168
Others 8 5 - 1 1 - 1
Renewable energy exhibition
Sweet 2020 (Solar, Wind & Earth Energy Trade Fair)
  • Dates: Wed. 2020/03/18 ~ Fri. 03/20 ⇒ Wed. 2020/06/03~ Fri. 06/05 
  • Venue: Kimdaejung Convention Center  
  • Total Budget: 320 million KRW (National budget 160, Municipal budget 160) (million KRW)
  • Scale: 30 countries, 245 companies 550 participating booths  
  • Host/Organizer: Gwangju Metropolitan City, Jeollanam-do/ Kimdaejung Convention Center, Korea Energy Agency, etc.
  • Main program  
    • Display of new and renewable energy products and technology
    • Hosting additional events such as MOUs for attracting investment, international conferences, academic conferences, and group meetings
    • Gwangju-Jeonnam Investment Briefing, New Technology and Products Briefing, Export Consultation, Seminar, Workshop