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Choi Tae-won’s decision… Invest 1 trillion in SK to build eco-friendly RD facilities

Establishment of a facility in Bucheon to work for 3,000 people
Construction to start in 2025, scheduled to open in 2027

Chey Tae-won, Chairman of SK Group [사진=연합뉴스]

SK(224,000 -2.40%)The group will spend more than 1 trillion won in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do to build a large-scale research facility to develop eco-friendly new technologies.

SK Group announced on the 25th that it would establish a research facility ‘SK Green Techno Campus’ (tentative name) on a site of about 99,000 square meters in Bucheon Daejang New Town in partnership with Bucheon City, Gyeonggi-do.

SK is the first Korean company to set out to create an R&D infrastructure dedicated to the development of new green business technologies. SK plans to concentrate its R&D manpower and capabilities in the eco-friendly business field within the group at the relevant research facility. SK Green Techno Campus is scheduled to start construction in 2025 when the occupancy site is confirmed and open in 2027.

More than 1 trillion won will be invested in the research facility to be built with a total floor area of ​​about 198,000 square meters, and SK Innovation(234,500 -5.25%) It is expected that about 3,000 eco-friendly R&D personnel of 7 affiliates will work.

In addition to SK innovation, a total of seven companies, including SK Energy, SK Geocentric, SK On, SK E&S, SKC, and SK Materials, are working with human resources for next-generation battery and semiconductor materials, carbon reduction and capture, and eco-friendly technology development such as renewable energy and hydrogen. will move in

SK and Bucheon City also signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the creation of the ‘SK Green Techno Campus’ at the Bucheon City Hall on the same day. An SK official said, “We started to create a research facility with the aim of enhancing synergy by gathering the R&D capabilities of affiliates doing eco-friendly businesses.” An official from Bucheon City said, “We will actively cooperate with various licensing and infrastructure support for the successful implementation of the SK Green Techno Campus project.”

The establishment of this research facility seems to reflect the strong will of SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won (pictured) for eco-friendly business. Chairman Choi emphasized, “Affiliates who have chosen a green business strategy should gather together to discuss and find a way to realize the strategy together,” through CEO seminars from 2020.

In 2020, SK established an Environmental Business Committee in the Supex Council, a consultative body of CEOs of affiliates, and has been reviewing ways to establish an R&D base to secure a sustainable and eco-friendly growth engine at the group level.

When the Green Techno Campus opens, SK believes that it will be able to quickly respond to the rapidly growing demand for green technology development and create synergy by optimally arranging the technological infrastructure and professional manpower of its affiliates.

The technology areas to focus on here are divided into eco-friendly energy conversion and environmental solutions. The eco-friendly energy conversion sector mainly deals with batteries (secondary batteries, secondary battery materials, next-generation batteries) and hydrogen-related technologies.

The environmental solutions sector includes battery recycling, carbon capture, utilization, and storage, and energy solutions. Other eco-friendly base technologies such as nano materials and low-power semiconductor materials are also expected to be researched for promising eco-friendly technologies in the future.

At the same time, SK announced that it plans to continuously expand investment in the existing SK Daedeok Research Complex, focusing on battery testing and quality verification, and eco-friendly materials and technology demonstration functions. The Daedeok Research Complex, which is operated jointly by SK Innovation and SK On, currently employs 1,200 R&D personnel in the fields of batteries and eco-friendly materials.

Lee Seong-joon, head of the SK Green Research Center, said, “If the Green Techno Campus, which gathers the eco-friendly R&D capabilities of the groups dispersed in different regions, is established, we expect that we will be able to further strengthen our technological competitiveness to achieve net zero.”

Reporter Kang Kyung-joo, Hankyung.com [email protected]

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