Adoptee shines light on Korea
April 02, 2011
Katrine Flarup Jensen hadn’t been to Korea in 27 years before she
arrived here on March 18.
Raised in Denmark, Jensen returned to the country of her birth to work
as a researcher at the Konkuk University-Fraunhofer Institute Solar
Energy System Next Generation Solar Cell Research Center (KFnSC). She
came to Seoul as one of three researchers from the Fraunhofer
Institute and will spend at least a year here.
Jensen and her twin sister were adopted by a Danish family when they
were three months old. Jensen’s Korean name is Cho Il-kyung. After
receiving a master’s in Germany, Jensen earned a position at Germany’s
world-renowned Fraunhofer Institute. Soon after, she applied for the
job in Korea.
Jensen is developing a dry-sensitized solar cell. Instead of using a
solid light-intercepting apparatus like a silicon plate, the
technology she is in charge of transforms sunlight into electricity
using liquid-formed special dyes. Since the dry-sensitized solar cell
is a type of liquid, it can be applied to a wide range of buildings.
Jensen said the recent nuclear disaster in Japan has caused its
government and Korea to consider alternative energy sources.
“Because of the nuclear incident in Japan, both Koreans and the Korean
government became interested in alternative forms of energy, which I
see as a desirable trajectory,” Jensen said in a recent interview at
KFnSC conducts research on solar energy and was launched in 2009 with
financial support from the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
“I am truly lucky. I have come to work in Korea through such a good
opportunity. And I have reunited with my birth parents and three
Korean sisters,” she said.
These days, she studies Korean for two hours a week. She demonstrated
her skills by speaking in Korean at the end of the interview.
By Shim Sae-rom [estyle@...