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Recent Trends in Renewable Energy Resources for Power Generation in the Republic of Korea

College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon City 440-746, Korea
Electrical Engineering, Alabama A & M University, Normal, AL 35762, USA
Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Witold-Roger Poganietz
Resources 2015, 4(4), 751-764;
Received: 30 May 2015 / Revised: 17 September 2015 / Accepted: 12 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alternative Energy Sources in Developing and Developed Regions)
The global demand for renewable energy in recent decades has continued to increase, despite adverse economic conditions such as world economic recessions, trade disputes, and falls in gas and oil prices. During this period, the United States and Europe have led the development of renewable energy technologies, but now emerging countries such as China, Brazil, India, and the Republic of Korea are also been actively participating in developing and deploying renewable energy. For example, since 1989, the Korea Electric Power Corporation has built a well-known test site for the application of renewable energy resources, including 500 kW photovoltaic systems with smooth integration into power grids in the Gochang area. The main objects of this study are (1) to review the recent trends in renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, and tidal power, for electric power generation developed in Korea and (2) to introduce the test sites in Korea. For this purpose, this study examines the current activities of industry and government in Korea and compares them with global trends. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; solar; wind; bioenergy; hydroelectric; tidal power renewable energy; solar; wind; bioenergy; hydroelectric; tidal power
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Noh, C.-H.; Kim, I.; Jang, W.-H.; Kim, C.-H. Recent Trends in Renewable Energy Resources for Power Generation in the Republic of Korea. Resources 2015, 4, 751-764.

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