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Application of Floating Photovoltaic Energy Generation Systems in South Korea

Department of Civil Engineering, Hongik University, Seogang-dong, Mapo-gu 04066, Korea
Department of Architectural Engieering, Gachon University, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 13120, Korea
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Academic Editors: Jiawei Gong and Qiquan Qiao
Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1333;
Received: 31 October 2016 / Revised: 29 November 2016 / Accepted: 29 November 2016 / Published: 17 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Solar Photovoltaic Electricity)
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In order to mitigate air pollution problems caused mainly by the excessive emission of carbon dioxide, in 2012, the South Korean government decided to introduce a renewable portfolio standards (RPS) program that requires electricity providers to gradually increase their production of renewable energy. In order to meet the government’s target through this RPS program, electricity providers in Korea have looked to various types of new and renewable energy resources, such as biomass, wind, and solar. Recently, floating photovoltaic (PV) systems have attracted increased interest in Korea as a desirable renewable energy alternative. This paper provides a discussion of recent research into floating PV systems and the installation of floating PV power plants in Korea from 2009 to 2014. To date, thirteen floating PV power plants have been installed in Korea, and several plans are underway by many different organizations, including government-funded companies, to install more floating PV power plants with various generation capacities. These building trends are expected to continue due to the Korean government’s RPS program. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; renewable portfolio standards (RPS) program; floating photovoltaic (PV) power plant; installation renewable energy; renewable portfolio standards (RPS) program; floating photovoltaic (PV) power plant; installation

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Kim, S.-H.; Yoon, S.-J.; Choi, W.; Choi, K.-B. Application of Floating Photovoltaic Energy Generation Systems in South Korea. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1333.

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