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Gwangju Bioenergy R&D Center Opens as the New Leading Force of New and Renewable Energy Development in Gwangju

According to Yonhap News,

(GWANGJU=Yonhap News) On March 12, the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) will open a new research center in Gwangju called “Gwangju Bioenergy R&D Center.” The new center is expected to lead the R&D efforts for new and renewable energy in Gwangju.

The Gwangju Bioenergy R&D Center is a government-funded, local R&D organization under the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The construction for the center kicked off in July 2016 and was completed last January. Recently, research equipment was installed at the center.

The center consists of a research wing (one story: underground, three stories: aboveground), pilot experiment wing, dormitory, wastewater treatment facility, and a security wing on an area of 2,315㎡ and a total floor area of 5,111 ㎡.

It is tasked with encouraging the specialization of the new and renewable energy sector in the area and leading cooperative efforts among the industry, academia, and research centers.

Its mission also includes leading the development of the energy industry in Gwangju by exchanging technical information across various research areas, developing technologies in the related fields with state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities, and implementing demonstration projects.

According to a feasibility study, the center is projected to register 57 patents and record a total revenue of KRW 118.8 billion by 2030.

It is also expected to induce production worth KRW 81.6 billion and create 475 jobs.

A Gwangju City government official said: “Coupled with the outcomes of the city’s R&D efforts over the years, the Gwangju Bioenergy R&D Center will greatly boost the growth of the new and renewable energy sector in Gwangju.”

The opening ceremony for the Gwangju Bioenergy R&D Center will be held on March 12, 2:00 p.m. at the 2nd Complex of the Gwangju Technopark. The event will be attended by Gwangju Mayor Yoon Jang-hyun; KIER Director Kwak Byong-sung; and representatives from the industry, academia, and research centers.

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Source: Yonhap News (Mar. 08, 2018)

** This article was translated from the Korean.