Under the 9.2 trillion won (8.2 billion dollars) project, companies such as Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering plan to build 500 turbines, the Knowledge Economy Ministry said in a statement.

The wind farm, to be built near the southwestern counties of Buan and Yeonggwang, will generate about 2,500 megawatts of electricity, it said. The government will coordinate the project and provide 29 billion won, while private investors will finance the rest.

Major South Korean shipbuilders and heavy machinery makers such as Samsung Heavy Industries and STX Heavy Industries are scrambling to enter the lucrative global wind power market.

"But they need a track record to actually build and operate wind farms to export their products," said the ministry, estimating current global offshore wind farm projects would generate 153.9 gigawatts of electricity.

"Plus, considering the small size of our land, offshore wind farms, with less environmental damage and fewer potential complaints from residents, are far more promising sources of energy than onshore wind farms," it said.

Asia's fourth largest economy imports 97 percent of its energy needs from overseas and has moved to cut dependence on fossil fuels and diversify energy sources.

Seoul last month unveiled a five-year plan to spend 36 billion dollars developing renewable energy as its next economic growth engine, with a goal to become one of the world's five top players in the sector.

Electronics company Samsung has made a $7.04 billion commitment to the government to construct a massive eco-friendly production facility in South Korea. The reclaimed wetland area of Saemangeum has been awarded to Samsung by the South Korean Government for the development of the facility. The green town will boast a wind-power generator, solar battery house, research headquarters and 20,000 employee homes.



The  South Korean Government has big plans for the Saemangeum wetland area, hoping to turn it into a self sustaining green destination. The green town will feature eco-friendly industrial complexes, tourism and agricultural facilities. Samsung will also help outfit it with science and research facilities.

The wetland area was reclaimed back in 2006, with the building of a sea dike to dry the area out. Aside from Samsung, the area has attracted another industry leader, OCI, which produces polysilicon for solar panel cell usage. OCI has pledged a 10 trillion won (just over $9 million) investment over the course of the next 9 years.

The government supported 125 mile wetland area should be transformed into the proposed green town by 2021.



Self-Sustainable Chair - Guerilla Art | Wearble Object | Public Space | Performance

Self-Sustainable Chair, a dress made out of polyethylene, connected to shoes that pump air into an inflatable bubble attached to its rear part on each step. The dress slowly transforms into a chair with each step and holds the person to sit on it naturally. With his or her body weight the chair is slowly deflated and forms back to the original flat dress. Self-Sustainable chair is a conceptual garment that motivates users to consistently switch between walking and sitting as a loop behavior on the street. The balance between exercise and rest would be maintained by wearing this suit. The purpose of this project is to transform the humdrum experiences produced by routine walking commutes into an amusing interactive performance.



A rain coat that is connected to a tree.



Polite Umbrella is a shrinkable umbrella that enables users to morph its shape in order to reduce occupied space and to increase user maneuverability. Users can easily adjust their umbrellas anytime by pulling a handle so that they can protect themselves from harsh winds or bumping into others.

Joo Youn Paek






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