British Embassy in S. Korea introduces wind farm tech trends through webinar

By Park Sae-jin Posted : April 7, 2023, 17:59 Updated : April 7, 2023, 18:03

[Courtesy of the British Embassy in South Korea]

SEOUL --The British Embassy in South Korea has introduced the country's latest trends in wind farm technologies, one of the main future renewable energy sources, through a webinar.
Wind farms are basically large fans connected to turbines that generate electricity when the fans are turned by strong winds. Britain is the biggest operator of wind farms with more than 11,000 turbines with a total installed capacity of some 28 gigawatts and supports about 25 percent of electricity consumed in the country. About half of the total electricity was generated by offshore wind farms.
South Korea is taking a step-by-step approach to gradually reduce the country's dependency on fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy. In 2021, the Korea National Oil Corp. (KNOC), which operates oil and gas fields, received the green light from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) for the preliminary feasibility study for the country's first floating wind farm off the southeastern port city of Ulsan by 2026. Other wind farm projects were launched through various consortiums involving public and private bodies to generate green electricity.
The British Embassy said that a webinar for the introduction of British wind farm companies was held on April 6 attracting various audience from the global wind farm industry and energy business sectors. The online event commenced with an opening speech by Tony Clemson, a Department for Business & Trade councilor.
Seven British companies -- Subsea 7, Sulmara Renewables, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDC), Ocean Infinity, Found Ocean, Acteon Group, and HST Marine -- participated as presenters and introduced various technology trends in the global wind farm sector and other useful information.
Arnaud Roux, the Field Development Manager of Subsea 7, evaluated South Korea as a country that has the potential to become a leader in the global wind farm business sector. Paul Doherty, the founder of GDC said that tailor-made on-site inspections are needed to thoroughly analyze the area for wind farms in order to find the risks of building a wind farm cluster on uneven underwater ground surfaces. 
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