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Daegu hosts international solar power workshop for first time


The International Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), an area touted as a blue ocean in the field of renewable energy, took place in Daegu from Nov. 22 to 23. The event was organized by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, hosted by the Korea Institute of Energy Research, and sponsored by Daegu Metropolitan City.

About 150 experts from the major institutions and businesses related to the CSP, as well as government officials from major countries, such as the United States, China, and Japan, attended the workshop. Manuel Blanco, the elected chairman of SolarPACES’ Executive Committee, was one of the distinguished guests.

Concentrated solar power systems use mirrors or lenses that concentrate a large area of sunlight, or solar thermal energy, onto a small area. Electrical power is generated when the concentrated light is converted to heat, which drives a heat engine -- usually a steam turbine -- connected to an electrical power generator. The CSP is classified into the parabolic trough, the dish and the tower forms. For the domestic power infrastructure, the 200-kW CSP system in tower form was completed at the Shincheon Waste Treatment Center in June.

 “This workshop will serve as an opportunity for us to develop export opportunities for our solar power industry, and we will work with the government to draw up various measures,” a Daegu City official said.