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[Report] Experiences from the Energy Transition Living Lab in South Korea: The case of the Urban Living Lab for Micro Solar Pow
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The Urban Living Lab for Micro Solar Power System (SDG Living Lab) was a one-year project, held in Seongdaegol energy self-reliant village (SDG), 

from Sep 2016 to Aug 2017 led by four organizations: Energy and Climate Policy Institute, Seongdaegol energy self-reliant village, Microcorps and Urban Sustainability Transitions Lab in Yonsei University. 

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy delivered funding for the project. 

SDG, where the project was operated, took care of the recruitment and management of village researchers

SDG has been very active in local energy movements for seven years, conducting innovative experiments (energy supermarket, solar car café, energy saving power plant). 

Microcorps is a company that invented micro solar panel, which is small size & small capacity (less than 1kW) for household. 

Urban Sustainability Transitions Lab conducted base research on SDG, the local community. 

Energy and Climate Policy Institute was a project-leading institution, coordinating the four organizations and reporting the project progress to the funding organization.

SDG Living Lab aims to enhance the acceptability of micro solar power system. 

Micro solar power system refers to the photovoltaic system whose capacity is less than 1kW, and can be installed at apartment balcony as well as rooftop. 

Micro solar power system for apartment balcony, was invented to utilize the unique built environment of cities in South Korea. 

As 58.0% of the type of houses in Seoul consist of apartments, according to Korean Statistical Information Service (KOSIS, 2017), installing the solar panel on the apartment balcony started to be considered. 

Although Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has provided subsidies for micro solar power system since 2014, its provision was in stuck. 

SDG Living Lab found out several social and technological barriers for this: cheap electricity fee, low home ownership rate, lack of awareness, weak trust between companies and citizens and etc. 

Three thematic working groups were organized to overcome the identified barriers: technology(DIY), finance(solar loan) and education&promotion(performing educational drama for children). 

For each of the working group, village researchers were recruited from SDG residents to operate Living Lab. 

SDG Living Lab has been considered a good practical case to reflect the philosophy of Living Lab, user/citizen-led innovation, under the circumstances that South Korea has almost no experiences on Living Lab.

For the detail, please download pdf file above.


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