* Date : 2016-12-29
Due to climate change and the limits of fossil fuel, global interest in renewable marine energy is higher than ever. Korea, surrounded on three sides by water, is ideally situated to make use of marine energy, which comprises power generation through forces such as waves, tides and winds. In particular, offshore wind farming and salinity gradient generation are emerging as next-gen renewable energy sources.
Salinity gradient power generation uses the difference in salinity between fresh and ocean water to create electricity. Research and development are in full sway. Offshore wind farming is a strong alternative to land-based wind energy power, since it is not as limited in terms of securing the necessary sites. This leads to advantages in forming large-scale infrastructure and even the wind itself tends to be stronger. Jeju Island has begun operation of 3 offshore wind power generators for the first time in Korea. The electricity produced there is enough to power 24,000 Jeju households.
It's worth noting that these generators were built entirely with domestic technology. We took a look into the rapid development of renewable marine energy in Korea.