The City authority concluded an MOU with the SDI for technology support and mutual cooperation.
A tidal current power generation plant will be constructed on Deokjeok-do to turn it into an eco-friendly island.
The Incheon City government (Mayor: Song Young-gil) concluded on May 6 an MOU with the Scottish Development International (SDI) for technology support and mutual cooperation in tidal current power generation area, in an effort to efficiently push forward the tidal current power generation and ocean energy development program.
The Incheon City authority expects that the MOU will expedite the program of building Deokjeok-do as a sustainable eco-friendly island that has rich renewable energy resources.
The eco-friendly island construction program was first suggested by Mayor Song Young-gil of Incheon City in 2011 at a meeting with representatives of 5 local power generation companies, and these companies expressed their intention to participate in the program.
Under the MOU, the Incheon City authority will exchange with the SDI information on advanced technologies associated with construction of eco-friendly tidal current power generation complex and ocean energy test bed project. The city authority expects that cooperation with the SDI will enable it to expedite construction of the ocean energy facilities.
Scotland is the only region in the world that is operating ocean energy test sites, and it has the most advanced technologies in tidal current power generation area. As of the end of 2012, electric power generated by renewable energies accounts for 34% of its total power supply, and it aims at increasing the ratio of renewable energy-based power to 100% by 2020.
The MOU with the SDI is also expected to galvanize ‘programs of building the ocean energy cradle’ of the Incheon City, such as the clean energy eco-friendly island construction project, project of developing technologies for producing ocean bio-energy, and the project of constructing offshore wind power generation complex.
As it neither affects marine ecosystems nor hinders travel of fishes, the tidal current power generation attracts attention as an eco-friendly energy.
As part of its effort to use rich ocean energy resources, the Incheon City government has been constructing 200MW tidal current power generation complex on the coast near Deokjeok-do since 2009. When its construction is completed, the complex will generate 610,000MWh annually, accounting for 3.2% of the annual demand of electric power in Incheon. And the electric power can be used by 158,000 households for one year.
An official at the Incheon City government said, “With conclusion of the MOU, the City and SDI will expand joint research programs and cooperation in ocean energy area. We expect the joint research programs and knowledge shared with the SDI will serve as a foothold for lifting Incheon as the ‘ocean energy cradle’.”