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UK and Taiwan have aligned for the offshore wind power development in "11th Taiwan-UK Renewable Energy Conference"
Organization: Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs        Publish Date: 2016-06-23 14:06
The 11th Taiwan-UK Renewable Energy Conference was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the British Office Taipei at the NTUH International Convention Center on May 30, 2016 for expediting Taiwan's development in offshore wind energy. The UK renewable energy experts and delegates were invited to share their experiences. Besides, the conference creates the business opportunities between Taiwan and UK in the future. Mr. Wei-Fuu Yang, the Vice Minister of MOEA and Mr. Chris Wood, the representative of British Office Taipei both gave opening remarks for the conference. There were around 200 attendants from the academia, industry and government.

Mr. Wei-Fuu Yang pointed that in response to the subsequent development of COP 21, the government is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy development. The Executive Yuan will set up the "Energy and Carbon Reduction Office" to manage and promote sustainable energy development. Taiwan is moving toward increasing renewable energy supply (sources) and lifting 2025 target to 20% renewable electricity generation. The future green energy policy will focus on the development of photovoltaics and offshore wind power. The government adopts a promotion strategy for offshore wind power following the guideline of "first demonstration, then potential, lastly zonal development". The development of the wind farm will be assisted, other works including the strategic environmental assessments, infrastructure construction and fisheries compensation negotiations will also be done to speed up the development of offshore wind farm. Furthermore, the government will integrate the supply chain of offshore wind and form the national industrial team. A green energy park for research and development on renewable energy in Shalun , Tainan shall be built to create the innovation system of green energy technology. It is expected to reach 3,000 MW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2025.

Mr. Chris Wood, the representative of the British Office Taipei indicated that the installed offshore wind capacity is about 5 GW in UK. The UK delegation that attended the conference comprised 14 UK companies and over 20 delegates, the size is bigger than ever before. The UK experts were with different industrial backgrounds and skills such as geological exploration, offshore marine engineering, financial insurance and risk management.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), UK's RES Offshore and Lloyd's Register for offshore wind collaboration.. The representative of ITRI is Robert Yie-Zu Hu, Vice President & Director-general of Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, ITRI. Moreover, the CWind and IOVTEC will set up CWind Taiwan Provisional Office for working together on the development of offshore wind energy in Taiwan.

After the MOU signing ceremony, the first keynote speech on "Current Status of Taiwan Offshore Wind Energy Policy and Development" was presented by Taiwan's experts, then the UK experts shared their experience on offshore development and risk management. The conference agenda includes two panel discussions in the afternoon, which are "Marine Engineering & Operation and Maintenance" and "Policy for Zonal Development of the Offshore Wind Farm". The participants in Taiwan gained much from UK`s practical experiences on the development of offshore wind power.

The Bureau of Energy pointed out that UK`s suggestions on the construction of offshore wind farm will be beneficial for the policy-planning of offshore wind power in Taiwan. It is expected to establish long term, solid bilateral relationship between domestic companies and the UK's world leading marine energy companies through this conference so that the development of wind farm in Taiwan can speed up and further move onward.
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