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 100 meters above the sea, with foundations reaching 50 meters or more into the waters below. The generating capacity…

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…

As Taiwan attempts to dramatically transform its power generation systems away from nuclear and coal-fired power plants and towards a cleaner system centered around renewable, an important technology seems to have been ignored: fuel cells. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel such as hydrogen, natural gas,…

solar-energy

A transition toward renewable energy is necessary, but its success will require careful government management.  Taiwan has a clear need to diversify its energy portfolio and make concrete progress towards a more robust energy security policy. A full 98% of Taiwan’s energy is imported, costing the equivalent of nearly 15% of the entire Gross Domestic Product…