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2020-11-02 10:00
Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs

Germany and Taiwan - Forum on Heading toward Energy Transition Formulating Energy Transition Solutions

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Germany and Taiwan - Forum on Heading toward Energy Transition Formulating Energy Transition Solutions
The "Germany and Taiwan - Forum on Heading toward Energy Transition" jointly organized by Bureau of Energy, MOEA, and German Institute Taipei successfully ended on September 28th, 2020. Director-General Thorsten Herdan of Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, gave a special keynote speech. In addition to sharing energy transition experience, both Germany and Taiwan focused on Germany's practical experience and challenges of hydrogenic energy and Power to X.

Affected by the pandemic, this forum was conducted in the form of video conference. Director-General Cheng-wei Yu of Bureau of Energy gave the opening remarks on behalf of Taiwan, and Director-General Thorsten Herdan of Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and Director-General Dr. Thomas Prinz of German Institute Taipei were invited to give opening remarks on behalf of Germany. The forum also featured five expert speakers in the energy sector from Germany and Taiwan to share both sides' experience in energy transition. Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing, current chairman of Agora Energiewende in Germany, pointed out in his presentation that Germany's energy transition is not just about eliminating nuclear and coal-fired power plants, but a complete overhaul of the entire energy system. Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050 has declared greenhouse gas neutrality as the goal, which means that Germany needs to construct a low-carbon society that relies mainly on renewable energy. Modification of infrastructures, such as power generation facilities, grid system, and energy storage system, as well as overall measures taken to enhance energy efficiency of all sectors, require large-scale investments, and the market along is not enough to facilitate successful energy transition. It is necessary to have the society's recognition and consensus, as well as effective policies and measures.

Germany's renewable energy most comes from intermittent solar and wind powers, and how to regulate seasonal over- and under-generation is an important issue of energy transition. According to the German experience, possible solutions include energy storage, demand side management, and flexible grid infrastructures. Participating German experts pointed out that hydrogenic energy and Power to X can convert excessive electricity into other thermal energy or fuels, such as synthesized natural gas, hydrogenic energy, and liquid fuels, to not only enable storage of renewable energy, but also effectively reduce the carbon emissions resulted from heat supply and transportation. Currently, Germany is actively engaged in R&D of hydrogenic power and Power to X, and has passed the "National Hydrogen Strategy" this year, confirming the prioritization of "green hydrogen." Germany plans to establish 10GW of green hydrogen electrolysis capacity by no later than 2040.

According to Bureau of Energy, Taiwan will significantly increase the percentage of renewable energy in the future, and Germany is a pioneer in energy transition, and all the issues they have encountered, and solutions developed, will serve as valuable references for Taiwan.

Since 2015, Germany and Taiwan have established a platform of dialogue through the energy transition forum. In 2016, the two sides signed the "Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Energy Transition between Taiwan and Germany." Through cooperation with Germany, Taiwan learns and references Germany's experiences to successfully facilitate its own energy transition. Bureau of Energy and German Institute Taipei have joined forces to make this forum possible, which also symbolizes the shared vision of constructing a low-carbon and sustainable society, through which Germany and Taiwan can explore more cooperative opportunities in the future.


Spokesperson for Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs: Deputy Director General, Chun-Li Lee
Phone number: 02-2775-7700, 0936-250-838
Email: chunlee@moea.gov.tw

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