| |A dedication ceremony for POSCO Francisco Hall (a designated research building for Korea Artificial Photosynthesis Center) was held on Monday, January 28.
August 30, 2010, Sogang University and POSCO made a cooperation agreement to expedite materialize andcommercialize research on rtificial photosynthesis. According to the agreement, POSCO contributed 13.9 billion won as the construction cost for POSCO Francisco Hall. Since its groundbreaking ceremony in September 2011, the 8-floor above and 2-floor underground research building over an area of 6,670㎡ has been completed.
Distinguished guests attended the ceremony; Chairman of the Board of Sogang University Shi-Chan Yu, President of Sogang University Jongwook Lee, President-elect Ki-Pung Yoo, POSCO CEO Joon-Yang Chung, POSCO New Technology Strategy Team Leader Seung Duk Choi, Director of Steel Structure Research Division at RIST Tae Yang Yun, The mayor of Mapo Hong Sop Park, General Manager of Basic Science Policy Division, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Geun Jae Lee, and Jesuit Korean Vice Provincial Je Cheon Jeong.
▲ Chairman of the Board of Sogang University Shi-Chan Yu(left) passing on the key to President of Sogang University Jongwook Lee(right)
▲ POSCO CEO Joon-Yang Chung being awarded an appreciation plaque from President of Sogang University Jongwook Lee
▲ POSCO CEO Joon-Yang Chung delivering a congratulatory speech
▲ General Manager of Basic Science Policy Division, MEST Geun Jae Lee delivering a congratulatory speech
▲ The mayor of Mapo Hong Sop Park delivering a congratulatory speech
POSCO Francisco Hall consists of several laboratories, measuring equipments rooms, pilot rooms, professor rooms, meeting rooms, and a joint research room for POSCO.
Artificial photosynthesis research is applied technology of solar energy which converts water (H₂O) and carbon dioxide (CO₂) into liquid fuel such as methanol using solar energy which is based on photosynthesis of plants. It is regarded as a research which can significantly resolve global warming and reduction of greenhouse gas which were caused by increase of carbon dioxide due to the use of fossil fuels. The Korea Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (KCAP), established in September 2009 as part of Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes supported by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, is dedicated to fundamental science which is required to realize and commercialize the artificial photosynthesis technology in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL).