SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is revamping some of the landfill sites in Seoul and the surrounding area as renewable energy power plants.
The Ministry of Environment and the Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation (SLC) announced plans on Sunday to expand its renewable energy generation capacity in the capital and surrounding area by building solar energy power plants on landfill sites alongside existing biomass and landfill gas power plants.
The SLC is set to build a solar energy power plant with an energy generation capacity of 250 megawatts on two landfill sites that are awaiting completion, through three phases.
When the construction project for the proposed solar energy power plant is completed in 2021, it will produce electricity for around 80,000 households, according to the SLC.
Lee Jae-hyun, the head of the organization, said, “We considered developing a theme park with a shopping mall too, but in respect for the representation of the area, we decided to consider the environment and build a solar energy power plant.”
The SLC is currently using the gas that is produced during the waste disposal process to replace other sources of energy that are deemed harmful to the environment, such as fossil fuels.
The SLC is reportedly making an annual profit of 8.4 billion won by replacing fossil fuel with methane gas generated during the process of food waste disposal.
The SLC’s biogas facility is also saving the organization money by replacing LNG fuel with the methane gas produced during the disposal process of food wastewater, which is being used for heating and the operation of power plants, while supplying fuel for around 200 city buses and street cleaning vehicles every day.
According to the SLC, the organization is poised to raise the generation of waste-to-energy from 23 percent to 86 percent by 2021.
“Landfill sites in Seoul and the surrounding area are playing a leading role in energy recycling with the help of facility expansion. We believe the new solar energy power plant project will revamp landfill sites in the Seoul Capital Area into a mecca for renewable energy,” said Kim Dong-jin, an official at the environment ministry.