DPRK increases wind energy

A brisk campaign for using wind energy is going on in east and west coastal areas and mountainous areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Mayong Workers' District, Hanhyon-ri and Songhyon-ri in Onchon County on the west coast introduced a method of using storage batteries in a rational way, whereby to provide five families with electricity produced by one wind power generator. The introduction of wind power generators has reached 70 percent in the area up to now.

The development of wind energy has been conducted in the country from long ago under the care of the government.

In the last ten-odd years wind power generators with capacities of 0.3 kw, 1 kw and 5 kw were produced and installed in farm villages and public establishments in different parts of the country.

At present generators with 10 to 225 kw capacities are used in some east and west coastal areas, including Kwail and Ongjin counties in South Hwanghae Province, Onchon County in Nampho City and Ryongnam and Rason areas.

Choe In Su, a section chief of the State Planning Commission, told KCNA:

It is an important part of the national energy development strategy to gradually increase the rate and efficiency of renewable energies including wind energy.

Our goal is to properly use large-size wind power generators along with small-size ones and raise up to more than 10 percent the share of wind power generating capacity in the country's total electricity output.

To this end, it is planned to step up the modernization of the wind power industry through joint venture and collaboration with other countries in the production of wind power generators.

The government designated the Taean Electric Appliances Factory in the western area and the Kim Chaek Wind Power Generator Factory in the eastern area as small-size wind power generator producers.

Those factories will be updated so that each can produce more than 5 000 wind power generators with capacities of 0.3 to 10 kw every year.

(KCNA - November 18, 2013)

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