Korea opened its eleventh ″creative economy
innovation center″ in the western province of Chungcheongnam－do today this one dedicated
to the nation′s solar energy industry. The center is part of the Park Geun－hye
administration′s drive to set up a total of 17 such centers across the country，…
to connect local startups with large conglomerates. Shin Se－min reports.
Korea′s eleventh innovation center opened Friday with great fanfare in Cheonan，…
in the western province of Chungcheongnam－do. The opening of the center， which is dedicated
to the solar energy sector， coincides with Korea′s drive to go green，… by cutting
carbon emissions， seeking renewable energy sources and lessening its dependence on fossil
fuels. President Park Geun－hye， who spoke at
the opening ceremony， promised to foster the solar energy industry by spurring innovation
in the sector and helping small－and－mid－sized companies extend their reach into the global
market. ″The center will provide support to small
and mid－size companies to help develop this new market，… which involves products powered
by solar energy and related startups in the solar industry.″ President Park also referred to a global solar－powered
product market that grows more than 15－percent annually.
She added that the global shift towards going green and using clean energy instead of fossil
fuels poses great challenges，… but said it offers a myriad of opportunities for the
Korean economy. To support the new center， Hanwha Group
has unveiled its plan to build a self－sustainable， solar－powered island by wiping out diesel
power generators and replacing them with solar panels.
Hanwha Q CELLS， one of the world′s leading photovoltaic companies， is also investing
some 27－million U.S. dollars to build a plant in the western coastal city of Seosan
… that will help smaller firms test their products.
The government plans to open six more creative economy centers by the end of June， bringing
the total to 17 nationwide. Shin Se－min， Arirang News.