Korean Energy Agency (KEA) has selected assurance provider DNV to deliver Type Certification services for the South Korean wind energy market.
"This new DNV service for the Korean market will result in a convenient and cost-effective process for manufacturers around the world to achieve certification for their wind turbines selected in Korean wind farm projects. The certification will be granted according to Korean standards and the international certification scheme IEC," DNV said.
According to DNV's latest Energy Transition Outlook Report (ETO), global installed offshore wind capacity will grow from 29 GW in 2019 to 1,748 GW in 2050.
In line with this global development, South Korea has plans to increase its wind energy capacity, to realize its commitment to climate neutrality in 2050.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Korea is targeting 9.2 GW of wind power by 2025 and 16 GW by 2030, of which 12 GW will comprise offshore wind. To achieve this, the government has recently announced plans to build an 8.2GW offshore wind facility which could become the world’s largest offshore wind power plant.
"Those ambitious targets in an emerging wind energy market like Korea are creating an increased need for extended risk management via globally recognized certification standards,” says Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV. “Together with our local certification team headed by Young Min Paik, Renewable Certification Director Korea, DNV is now enabled to work more closely with KEA and its customers throughout the wind turbine certification process, creating trust among stakeholders and enabling a safe and reliable growth of wind energy in South Korea. The local certification team is headed by.”
“As wind parks will increasingly be erected offshore, in greater water depths, harsh climates and remote locations, we observe that wind farm developers are also increasingly insisting on certification as a key risk mitigation measure in the technical due diligence process,” says Brice Le Gallo, Regional Director for Asia Pacific at DNV.