North Korea is currently holding a solar and renewable energy exhibition, showcasing domestic technology, numerous North Korean media outlets reporting on Wednesday.
Companies and universities provided products for the event, which was sponsored by the Central Committee of the General Federation of Science and Technology of Korea.
“The exhibition was attended by Kim Il Sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology, the State Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Land and Maritime Transport, the Solar Heater Company and other units of developing and using the natural energy,” an article from Naenara reads.
Footage of the event from a corresponding report by Korean Central Television (KCTV) shows a relatively wide variety or renewable energy technology on display.
The video shows solar heaters, portable panels for smaller appliances, equipment for more industrial use, in addition to numerous types and sizes of solar arrays.
“Put on display were more than 450 pieces of scientific and technological achievements and products of 170 kinds conducive to developing and using the wind power, tidal power, geothermal power, biomass and solar energy,” the Naenara article adds.
Solar panels are appearing on North Korean factories and homes all around the country, even in rural areas. Small solar arrays likely help DPRK citizens to alleviate shortfalls in the country’s existing energy infrastructure, which has seen decades of underinvestment.
The private element of the solar market could be contributing to the rapid availability of different solar and renewable products.
“This is a very lucrative business for the government as they can to hoard North Koreans’ foreign currency. Compared to importing Chinese panels and selling them back to the people, making their own would be more lucrative.” Lee Seok-gi at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade told NK News.
While many of the DPRK’s solar panels were imported only a few years ago, recent footage from North Korea media indicates the North’s government has set up R&D and manufacturing facilities.
“The government is pouring lots of effort to supply domestically made panels,” Lee said.
While North Korean often reports on science and technology exhibitions, whole events focused on renewable energy technology are less common.
“They certainly did not have an exhibition like this … before Kim Jong Un’s time,” Lee added.
The exhibition is one of two with an environmental theme currently being held in the North Korean capital. The new Science and Technology complex is also hosting a green architecture exhibit focused on constructing more energy efficient buildings.
Additional reporting by JH Ahn
Featured image: KCTV
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