PV Taiwan Expo Highlights Green Energy The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), in cooperation with SEMI Taiwan and the Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association, hosted PV Taiwan 2017, Taiwan’s leading solar industry trade show, October 18-20 at the Nangang Exhibition Center. Taiwan has the world’s second largest solar cell manufacturing industry after China, with some…

China Enshrines Xi at 19th Party Congress China held its Nineteenth Party Congress October 18-24 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The event gathered 2,280 delegates representing the party’s 89 million members and all of China’s provinces, including Taiwan, reflecting China’s longstanding claim to the island. The party congress, held every five years…

The third receiving terminal has been postponed for environmental reasons – the prospective impact on a unique reef. Citing the need for further study of the rare coral reefs that lie nearby beneath the waters off Taoyuan County, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on October 26 called for further postponement of a project  to build…

The government is moving cautiously – some developers think too cautiously – in promoting what could become a major new industrial sector. Offshore wind-power development is a huge undertaking. Enormous turbines fixed on gigantic masts rise 150 meters above the sea, with foundations reaching 50 meters into the waters below. The generating capacity of each…

The use of agricultural land will be needed to provide sufficient area, but regulations governing farmland are stringent.  Taiwan’s rural Yunlin County, traditionally one of the island’s least developed areas, is virtually booming with solar panels. Every third farmhouse or barn seems to be covered in solar panels. And where locals once eyed solar-power purveyors…

Sing! China Event Ends in Violence A singing event staged at National Taiwan University (NTU) in cooperation with the Taipei City and Shanghai governments and the popular Chinese talent show Sing! China was abruptly cut short as protests degenerated into violence on September 25. The protests were sparked by anger over damage to NTU’s track and…