Drive through the countryside in the central Taiwan counties of Yunlin, Changhua, and Chiayi and you’re bound to notice the many barns and chicken coops with substantial solar arrays installed on their roofs. Development of solar power is a major part of Taiwan’s plan to transform its energy sector, eliminating nuclear power generation and bringing…

Amid progress on major projects, the sale of shares by pioneering local offshore wind-power developer Swancor underscores the challenges facing Taiwanese companies. With the scheduled completion next month of the installation of twenty 6-megawatt (MW) turbines off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan’s offshore wind-power development program enters a new stage. When the 90-meter-tall masts…

The combination of political and physical obstacles will almost certainly forestall any extension of Taiwan’s nuclear power sector. Last November, Taiwan seemed to do an about-face on the issue of nuclear power. Although Tsai Ing-wen of the anti-nuclear Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had been elected president in 2016, voters approved a referendum negating the amendment…

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 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,…