Korea mulls building solar panels, wind generators on Dokdo

Korea mulls building solar panels, wind generators on Dokdo

Korea is considering placing solar panels and wind generators on the islets of Dokdo in the East Sea to provide clean, reusable energy to the countrys easternmost territory, officials said Friday (Jan. 4).

Dokdo is a cluster of rocky islets lying roughly halfway between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese main island of Honshu. A police contingent of about 100 are stationed on the islets, and several fishermen reside there during the fishing season.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said it plans to erect solar panels capable of generating 50 kilowatts of power, and two small wind generators. The wind generators are each designed to produce 30 kilowatts of electricity.

The ministry added that once built, these power units will replace the conventional diesel-powered generators that will be kept in reserve for emergency use.

“The diesel-powered generators used up 20,000 liters of fuel per year and have been criticized for being excessively noisy and causing pollution,” said a ministry official.

He said while there is a need to discuss details of the plan with other government ministries, the energy-generating units can be established by years end.

The islets are designated cultural landmarks and are controlled by the maritime affairs, environment ministries and Gyeonganbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province).

Korea.net | Original News @ Here
Date : Jan. 04. 2008


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