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.

Lemon Skin + squeezer
The lemon Skin + squeezer consists of a food grade silicone cap and a stainless steel screw-in part. Once the metal part is screwed in the lemon can be squeezed effectively and a few drops or the whole lemon can be used. In the case of using just a small amount the cap is replaced to cover and create a seal around the lemon. This allows the lemon to be airtight again and thus protecting it for a longer period of time. The lemon can then be thrown back into the fridge without the concern that it will dry out. The distinctive visual language informs the users that a lemon is already in use

Onion Skin + vase
Similar to the grapefruit Skin, the onion Skin uses a food grade silicone cap to seal a partly used onion. The uniqueness of the onion Skin lays in its shape which allows it to be used as a vase to grow an onion. Most people aren’t aware that an onion can be grown and used for cooking similar to chives.

Skins are caps that allow you to use as little or as much of your fruit and vegetables as you like. As most produce only dries out and degrades once its protective outer layer is broken, Skins complete this barrier to maintain the natural function of a sealed container. This initial range focuses on produce most commonly used in parts, such as lemons, grapefruits or onions. Skins not only extend the life of left over fruit and vegetables but also provide a strong visual cue as to which items are in use. There are four different products that form the Skins range so far. These products are a lemon skin + squeezer, a grapefruit skin, an onion skin and an onion skin + vase.

DaeKyung Ahn

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