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Alliance to develop offshore wind power formed
Organization: Department of International Cooperation        Publish Date: 2016-11-18 17:42
Sources: Focus Taiwan; Taipei Times

An alliance to develop offshore wind power was formed on Nov. 9, 2016, to tap into the commercial opportunities created by Taiwan's policy to develop green energy.

The alliance members include CSBC Corp. Taiwan, Taiwan Power Corp., China Steel, Chunghwa Telecom, the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, the Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the CR Classification Society, and several other major companies. CSBC will coordinate the alliance and rely on its specialties to jointly plan, install, and maintain facilities as well as train personnel for offshore wind power construction.

CSBC, the state-owned shipbuilder, said that offshore wind power construction planning is still in the early stages but that the alliance members, with their rich experience and advanced technology, are well positioned to take advantage of the green energy opportunities that exist. CSBC has engaged in offshore wind power energy development in recent years and set up a meteorological and oceanographic observation tower off Fangyuan in Changhua County in July 2015, the first one in Taiwan.

Taiwan is well-suited for the development of offshore wind power, possessing one of world's richest sources, located in the Taiwan Strait. The alliance, known as the Marine-Team, has set the goals 520 megawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2020 and 3,000 megawatts by 2025, CSBC said.
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