* Date : 2019-12-13
Development of a variety of technologies as well as economy have taken place in 2019. And hydrogen has garnered a lot of attention as a future growth engine. The government has laid out new energy roadmap for the vitalization of hydrogen economy. By escaping from oil and coal, which used to be major energy sources in the past, new infrastructure for the production, storage, delivery and usage of hydrogen has been built. And the roadmap aims to boost economic development by collaborating with automobile, shipbuilding and petrochemical industries. The automobile industry has played a significant role for the domestic economy. So hydrogen-powered vehicle has emerged as a significant element for the vitalization of hydrogen economy. This year, the government has popularized hydrogen charging stations and more than 70 hydrogen vehicles can be charged a day at the charging station. And the government plans to increase the number of hydrogen taxis to 20 by the end of 2022. A lot of companies have made utmost efforts to make better use of hydrogen energy in daily lives. A hydrogen fuel cell power plant was established. And unlike the existing thermal power plants which emit smoke or exhaust gas, it doesn’t emit harmful pollutants. Moreover, facilities for the extraction of hydrogen from LNG, or Liquefied Natural Gas, have been localized for the first time in the domestic market. Hydrogen energy is a resource with high growth potential. And we explore hydrogen economy, which has brought about a significant paradigm shift to the fuel industry.
The robotics market has recently focused on service robot, which can enrich the lives of humans. In the past, robots used to simply carry out repetitive works or play a role as an assistant. However, it has recently implemented voice and visual information recognition technologies as well as an ability to understand different situations. And service robot has been at the center of those changes, as it can communicate with humans. Thanks to the application of AI and autonomous driving technologies, service robots have been introduced to diversified areas. Service robots have been actively applied to different fields including libraries, department stores and banks. Aside from simply providing information to users, it can recognize the movements of humans and provide guidance to the destination. Delivery robot has emerged as a latest trend in the robots market. Instead of simply delivering objects, it can replace the works of humans. Concerns have been raised over the possible decrease in jobs, but it has built a better environment that humans and robots can coexist. A lot of different technologies have been introduced to the distribution industry, as part of an effort to replace human labor. And service robots have also been applied to the distribution sector. It is to increase convenience by overcoming the existing limitations. We look into service robots, which is one of the latest trends in the global robotics market.
K-Startup Week ComeUp 2019, which can give a boost to the global startups and support the advancement of the domestic startup businesses into the global market, was held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, from November 27 to 29. A lot of participating companies have shown their efforts to build a better ecosystem for startups. Different lectures and panel discussions were held according to various business areas. Also, a variety of additional events including startup IR, or Investor Relations pitching and startup showcase were held. The participating startups received support for their marketing strategies and they had a chance to seek new business opportunities as well. The mobility products which were developed based on the creative ideas have seized the attention of visitors. An electric kit which can turn manually-controlled wheelchair into an automatic wheelchair is one of the examples. As it is lighter than general electric wheelchairs, it can tackle the inconvenience of children or vulnerable users. At a frontier tech booth, a technology that can synthesize emotions and voices based on the AI technology, has grabbed a lot of attention. Realizing voices with emotions, controlling the rhythms and making different voices for different situations are all possible. Moreover, at a fintech booth, a startup has introduced a digital investment advisory service based on a robo-advisor. Global Open Innovation Korea is an event that helps the domestic startups, which want to make advancement into overseas markets, meet with global businesses or investors. And consultations with global businesses have obtained positive responses from the domestic startups. We introduce K-Startup Week ComeUp 2019, which has boosted communications among startups, investors, companies and the general public and contributed to broadening the startup network.