DNV to certify wind turbines in South Korea

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 10/01/2022 DNV
DNV has been selected by the Korean Energy Agency (KEA) to deliver Type Certification services for the Korean wind energy market. The certification will be granted according to Korean standards and the international certification scheme, IEC.

“Those ambitious targets in an emerging wind energy market like Korea are creating an increased need for extended risk management via globally recognized certification standards,”
said Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV. “Together with our local certification team headed by Young Min Paik, Renewable Certification Director Korea at DNV is now enabled to work more closely with KEA and its customers throughout the wind turbine certification process, creating trust among stakeholders and enabling a safe and reliable growth of wind energy in South Korea."

“As wind parks will increasingly be erected offshore, in greater water depths, harsh climates and remote locations, we observe that wind farm developers are also increasingly insisting on certification as a key risk mitigation measure in the technical due diligence process,”
said Brice Le Gallo, Regional Director for Asia Pacific at DNV.

As a currently coal reliant nation, South Korea aims to install 12 GW of offshore wind, by 2030. Currently, South Korea has 98 MW installed. Appetite is high for both fixed and floating installations, although the country will need to overcome a number of obstacles such as infrastructure upgrades and conflicts with the fishing industry in order to meet its targets.