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Nordic Energy Research Conference in Seoul

11.12.2017  03:26

On December 7th Nordic and Korean researchers, government officials and businesses met in Seoul at the ‘Nordic Energy Research Conference’ to discuss the possibilities of Nordic and Korean collaboration in the field of energy research.
 
The conference has been initiated by Innovation Centre Denmark in Seoul and co-hosted by the Nordic embassies in South Korea, as a result of a long and prosperous collaboration between the embassies. The conference has been funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
 
The Nordic embassies united in the desire to share and introduce Korean energy representatives to the current state of Nordic energy research and through this, reach out to relevant authorities, research environments and companies in Korea to enhance and continue collaboration in this area.
 
The Nordic countries will keep pushing for high ambition in renewable energy and this perspective was highly represented by the Nordic speakers at the conference yesterday. The Nordic countries were represented by: Hans Jørgen Koch, CEO of Nordic Energy Research; Klaus Skytte, Head of Energy Economics and Regulation at the Technical University of Denmark;Henrik Bindslev, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark Lennart Söder, Professor in Electric Power Systems at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm; Per Christer Lund, Head of Norwegian Energy Collaboratorium in Singapore; Jon Dugstad, Director of Wind and Solar at Norwegian Energy Partners and Jarmo Heinonen, Director of Bio-Economy and Clean Tech in Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Likewise, Korean stakeholders within the field of energy was represented by a wide spectrum of speakers, including:  Director General of Energy Policy, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy; Gachon university, Seoul Metropolitan Government; Korea Energy Agency; Seoul National University and National Research Foundation.
 
The speeches revolved around the following themes: 1) Economic growth and sustainable energy systems; 2) Energy in Korea – Future opportunities; and 3) Solutions for renewable energy.
 
The final panel discussion identified future potential cooperation areas between South Korean and the Nordic countries. Thus, the conference was regarded as a great success and a stepping-stone for new energy research collaborations. Professor Henrik Bindslev, Dean of Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark concluded: “Recent bid on new off-shore wind power plants show that wind is now more competitive than coal-fired plants and nuclear. I am sure we can make wind power even more price effective by combining Danish knowledge in wind energy and highly skilled Korean expertise in robotics, automation and AI”.

Klaus Skytte, Head of Energy Economics and Regulation at the Technical University of Denmark elaborated from a Danish perspective:  “Denmark is a pioneer in wind energy - not only in the technological development but also in integrating wind and solar in the energy system and designing policies, support schemes and power markets that ensure resilience, sustainability and efficiency. Previously the focus has mainly been on making renewables market ready. Now it is time to make markets renewable ready. With more than 40% of wind energy in Denmark large experiences and knowledge exists that can facilitate the integration of wind and solar in the Korean energy system. With Korean world class competencies in ICT this has a great potential for collaboration".

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