Ansan city provides the world’s largest tidal power plant for eco-friendly energy

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Sihwaho Tidal Power Plant in Ansan.

ANSAN is an industrial and economic city in South Korea also known as the Business Hub of Northeast Asia where about 11,300 companies are running in Ansan Smart Hub.

With Ansan Smart Hub acting as the heart of the Korean manufacturing industry and Ansan’s Science Valley that plays the role of an innovative science cluster driven by small giants, Ansan is leading the reformation of Industry 4.0 and opening up the future of South Korea.

According to the booklet “Ansan With You”, Sihwa- Banwol Industrial Complex was established to alleviate industrial concentration and over population in the capital area. It has become an industrial complex that converges data-based industry 4.0 technologies and has been selected as “Smart Leading Industrial Complex” to drive innovation in the manufacturing industry.

“The complex creates over 152,000 jobs and sustains the national economy through smart manufacturing innovation,” said the report in the booklet.

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Community police center to assist foreigners in Ansan Multicultural Food Street.

Meanwhile, the MWN journalist writes on Ansan as she had visited the city with 49 other international journalists from 46 countries invited by the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) that hosted the World Journalists Conference 2024 held in Seoul from 21-26 April 2024.

The Ansan’s Science Valley is said to be similar to the Silicon Valley in the United States. The “Science and Technology Innovation Cluster” is composed of key innovation drivers from the industry, university, research and government sectors.

Centred around Gyeonggi Technopark, there are over 200 SME’s and ventures including national research institutions, universities and corporate research centers. About 4,600 master’s and doctorate researchers’ work in this hub for technology, human resources to lead the upcoming industry 4.0 by attracting Korea’s first smart factory and implementing micro-factories.

Ansan is also known as a transportation hub city on the West Coast, only 30 minutes away from Incheon International Airport and 40 minutes from the capital city Seoul.

Ansan provides five expressways namely Yeongdong, West Coast, Pyeongtaek-Sheung, Capital Region First Ring-Second Ring (under construction) and six railroads (Line 4 Ansan Line), West Coast Line, Suin Bundang Line, Sinansan Line (under construction), KTX from Incheon (under construction) and GTX-C (under construction).

Ansan is a city that has the highest self-sufficiency rate for new and renewable energy. It also focuses on eco-friendly and clean energy that grows rapidly with various alternative energy facilities including solar power, wind power and tidal power plants.

Sihwaho Tidal Power Plant generates 254 MW of electricity per day during high tide replacing 860,000 barrels of imported oil annually and reducing 315,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, serving as the driving force of eco-friendly city Ansan as the world’s largest tidal power plant.

Besides being the center for high technological innovation, Ansan also caters for the foreigners’ needs in the “Multicultural Street.

The Multicultural Street in Ansan became Korea’s first “Multicultural Village Special Zone” and also the first Korea’s Intercultural City” (second in Asia). The street has the largest foreigner population in Korea.

People from Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam gather here and there are many restaurants and many chefs from different countries and for these aspects, visitors enjoy the exotic atmosphere without having to go abroad.

According to “Ansan With You” it was reported that there are 138 foreign restaurants from 12 countries as of December 2022; 89,381 registered foreign residents from 107 countries as of February 2023 while the Multicultural Special Zone Media Center was opened in March 2023.

While the MWN journalist was walking at the Ansan Multicultural Food Street, it was to her surprise that Malaysian food such as “roti canai” but in large size and durian sold at 40,000 won (estimate of RM138) at the stalls owned by the Koreans.

Along the street there is a Multicultural Community Police Center and a spokesman said, the people especially foreigners can ask for the police assistance in various ways except in the case of work permit and overstay issues. – Malaysia World News
–Malaysia World News


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