2050 Carbon Neutrality as an Opportunity for the Machine Industry to Take Off

[이미디어= 강유진 기자]
On April 2nd, at the ‘Machine Industry 2050 Carbon Neutrality Joint Declaration Ceremony’, they officially expressed their will to participate in carbon neutrality and discussed common tasks.

The machinery industry held the 2nd “Machinery Industry Carbon Neutrality Council” on June 29 (Tuesday) with experts from various fields at Daejeon Machinery Research Institute.

The second meeting was held to discuss the future R&D direction for the machinery industry to achieve carbon neutrality.

In their remarks, both Chairman of the Machinery Industry Carbon Neutral Council and Vice Chairman Choi Hyung-ki of the Machinery Industry Promotion Association, considering that the machinery industry has a great impact on the front and rear industries as the mother industry of manufacturing, Korea will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To realize this, he emphasized that the machinery industry should play a pivotal role in supporting the implementation of carbon neutrality in other key industries, new industries, and energy conversion fields.

Prior to the full-scale discussion of the participants, ➊Industry Research Institute announced a ‘machine industry carbon-neutral scenario’, and ➋machinery research institute announced a ‘machine industry carbon-neutral R&D direction’.

➊ Research Fellow Park Sang-soo of the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, while diagnosing that indirect emissions from electricity use are more than 90% due to the industrial nature of the assembly process centered on the assembly process, and the capacity to reduce additional carbon emissions is relatively insufficient He analyzed that research and development related to heat and heat treatment, improvement of combustion efficiency, conversion of equipment energy source, and waste heat source utilization technology, are commonly applied to the entire manufacturing industry, so R&D is urgent.

➋ Center Director Oh Seung-hoon of the Institute of Machinery and Materials emphasized that the machinery industry can contribute to carbon neutrality throughout the industry through technological innovation in the entire process from energy production to consumption, and suggested promising technologies in three major fields.

In the field of energy efficiency enhancement, the necessity of high efficiency of components such as waste heat recovery turbines and energy-consuming compressors and pumps was presented, and research cases of urban smart farms utilizing waste heat from buildings were introduced.

In the field of energy conversion, Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES), which stores large-capacity energy, and carbon-neutral fuel (e-fuel) production facilities are expected to receive attention.

In the field of clean energy infrastructure, it is analyzed that infrastructure-related technology for the supply and transport of high-density and cryogenic liquid hydrogen will be the key in the growth period of the hydrogen economy.

Through the analysis and discussion of carbon reduction measures and research cases, the participants shared the view that ‘2050 carbon neutrality’ is a task of the times, but it can be an opportunity for our machinery industry to find new business fields and take a leap forward. They decided to continue discussing the systematic implementation plan for carbon neutrality in cooperation with the ‘Mechanical Policy Research Society’, which was formed and launched by experts in science, technology, economy, humanities, and society for industrial policy development.

Kang Kyung-seong, head of the industrial policy office of the Ministry of Industry, emphasized, “In the process of implementing carbon neutrality in various fields such as industry, transportation, and energy conversion, the machinery industry’s reliable facility construction capability and core machine parts and equipment technology will become the basis.” We will expand tax support for preemptive investments in the industry for the implementation of neutrality, and promote various projects to strengthen the capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that account for the majority of the machinery industry.”

[ⓒ 이미디어. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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