South Korea Pushes Smart Grid’s Boundaries
Jeju Island (Jeju-do), a subtropical island southwest of Korea, has long been known for stunning scenery, Halla-san mountain (pictured here), delicious tangerines, harabang statues, ddong-twae-ji (local pork), and as a honeymoon destination. Now thanks to companies like SK Telecom, Jeju is turning into a massive smart grid laboratory. In my latest article on The Guardian Sustainable Business, I discuss how Korean farmers are participating in an experiment that involves microgrids, solar panels, smart appliances, and tablet computers that are integrating and optimizing all of these green technologies. With all the disappointment in the United States over the fitful move towards a low carbon economy, Korea’s innovation is an example of how the private and public sector can cooperate to move a society towards energy independence. Special kamsa hamnida (big thank you) to Paul Kim of SK Telecom, who with his team spent much time explaining to me their company’s important role in Korea’s Smart Grid Road Map. The full article is here, and read the other articles on The Guardian’s low carbon-information technology hub. A summary of the article is also on Yonhap, South Korea's largest newswire service.