The ‘Current Status of Power Generation Facilities in 2012’ shows that capacities of solar photovoltaic power facilities and wind power facilities reached 690MW and 476MW, respectively.
The total capacity of renewable energy power facilities in Korea is estimated to have exceeded 4GW.
According to the ‘Current Status of Power Generation Facilities in 2012’ released by Korea Power Exchange (KPX) on August 21, the aggregated capacity of renewable energy power facilities was 1.4GW as of the end of 2012, including 690MW of solar photovoltaic power facilities, 476MW of wind power facilities, 254MW of tidal power facilities and 30MW of fuel cells.
When the capacity of power generation facilities that are statistically classified as renewable energies, such as hydroelectric power facilities, waste-based power facilities, landfill gas-based power facilities and bio-mass power facilities, is added, the total capacity of renewable energy facilities reaches 4,084MW, equivalent to capacity of 4 nuclear reactors.
KPX estimates that the total capacity of renewable energy facilities will increase to 4.6GW, representing 5.3% of the entire capacity of power generation facilities in Korea, when renewable energy facilities built in the first 5 months of this year are added.
While capacities of hydroelectric power facilities and waste-based power facilities accounted for large proportion with 1.7GW and 1.1GW, respectively, capacities of solar photovoltaic power and wind power represented less than 20% of the capacity of entire renewable energy facilities.
Among public power generation companies, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) installed solar photovoltaic power facilities of 15MW, the largest capacity, and it is followed by Korea Western Power (KOWEPO), Korea South East Power (KOSEP), Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO), Korea East-West Power (EWP) and Korea Southern Power (KOSPO) with capacities of 8.6MW, 8.5MW, 6.4MW, 6.2MW and 6.0MW, respectively.
As for wind power generation facilities, KOSPO, KOSEP and Korea Water Resources Corporation are operating such facilities with capacities of 41MW, 22MW and 6MW, respectively, while KOMIPO and EWP are operating facilities with equal capacity of 3MW each.
Among private power generation companies, POSCO Energy built the largest capacity of facilities.
POSCO Energy is operating renewable energy power facilities with total capacity of 272MW, including 262MW syngas combined cycle power plant in Gwangyang, 2MW fuel cell facilities each in Incheon, Nowon and Sangam, as well as 2MW solar photovoltaic power facilities each in Pohang and Gwangyang.
Besides, MPC Yulchon, GS Power and GS EPS are operating fuel cell facilities with capacities of 10.4MW, 4.8MW and 2.4MW, respectively.
Source : e2news