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Green energy project starts in Tainan
Organization: Department of International Cooperation        Publish Date: 2016-11-17 17:14
Sources: Taipei Times; Taiwan Today

The Executive Yuan launched a green energy technology park project in Tainan Nov. 6, 2016. It is part of the government's "Five Plus Two" program to develop five innovative industries, establish a circular economy, and promote new agriculture.

If Taiwan's green energy sector is to develop fully and become competitive internationally, industry clusters must be formed. The government has selected the Shalun area in the southern city of Tainan as the site for the initial cluster, the premier said.

The first objective of the green energy park is to boost R&D capabilities, Premier Lin said. Green energy involves various types of technologies, and much R&D work is required to form a cluster for related industries. Academia Sinica will set up a branch in the Shalun Park, while National Cheng Kung University and National Chiao Tung University will station researchers there to facilitate academic collaboration with industry.

The second objective is for the park to serve as a demonstration site for new technologies, new designs and new applications. For instance, the Shalun area's urban development plans will include special features such as electric buses that are recharged using wireless technology, vehicles with solar panel roofs, green architecture and a zero-waste environment. All of these visions come with great challenges, Lin said.

Establishing the park in Shalun also illustrates the government's efforts to balance technological and urban development between the north and south, as well as rural and urban areas. To make Tainan a popular city for high-tech professionals, the government will concentrate on Shalun when planning future R&D budgets and personnel arrangements for the green energy industry, Lin siad.

Minister of Science and Technology Yang Hung-duen, who also attended the ceremony, said Taiwan's energy policy aims to establish a stable, efficient and clean energy supply system that simultaneously promotes energy safety and environmental sustainability while supporting the green economy. The creation of the Shalun Green Energy Science City is a major step toward this goal. It is expected to generate 20% of its power via renewable sources by 2025.
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