FREE, Daejeon Metropolitan City Government, and the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) have signed an MOU to initiate a collective effort to develop smart city strategies for Daejeon in South Korea. The MOU signing ceremony was held on October 22nd, 2018 simultaneously with the Smart Zero Energy City Global Conference hosted by Daejeon Metropolitan Government.
FREE’s Dr. Byrne gave a keynote speech at the conference, emphasizing the importance of continued city-level innovations in fighting climate challenges and accelerating sustainable and just energy transitions. In his presentation, Dr. Byrne highlighted Daejeon’s potential to contribute to this movement and offered a policy agenda that can help jump-start the City’s smart solar city development.
Daejeon holds a unique position in South Korea. Known for being the ‘city of science and technology’ in the country, Daejeon has been home to a number of national research institutes and research-oriented universities. KIER is one of the leading research institutes in the energy field with primary focus on energy technology R&D and commercialization. With these think tanks and research opportunities around, Daejeon City Government has been eager to lead the 4th industrial revolution technologies and innovations including smart city development.
Under the MOU signed by the three parties, FREE will enthusiastically cooperate with Daejeon and KIER to develop Daejeon city’s sustainable energy policies and smart zero energy city planning. Such efforts will include advisement, knowledge sharing, and joint research. FREE is thrilled to be partnered with the ‘science and technology city’ of Korea and the country’s leading institute of energy research. FREE looks forward to meaningful collaborations in the shared vision of sustainable and smart energy cities.
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