Shalun green energy park project launched

  • Date: 2016-11-06
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Premier  Lin  Chuan  today  attended  the  launch  ceremony  for  the  Shalun  Green  Energy  Science  City  project  in  Tainan  City,  saying  that  the  future  park  will  spur  research  and  development  (R&D)  and  serve  as  a  demonstration  site  for  green  energy  technology.

The  Shalun  park  project,  an  important  item  on  President  Tsai  Ing-wen’s  policy  agenda,  will  help  pave  the  way  for  the  green  energy  industry,  Premier  Lin  said.  

If  green  energy  is  to  develop  fully  in  Taiwan  and  become  competitive  internationally,  it  must  be  supported  by  a  cluster-based  economy.  For  this  reason,  the  premier  said,  the  government  chose  the  Shalun  area  in  the  southern  city  of  Tainan  as  the  site  for  the  initial  cluster.

The  park’s  first  objective  is  to  boost  R&D  capabilities,  Premier  Lin  said.  Because  green  energy  involves  many  different  types  of  technologies,  much  R&D  work  will  be  required  to  form  a  cluster  for  the  related  industries.  Academia  Sinica  will  set  up  a  branch  in  the  Shalun  park  while  National  Cheng  Kung  University  and  National  Chiao  Tung  University  will  station  researchers  there  to  facilitate  academic  collaboration  with  industry.

The  second  objective  is  to  serve  as  a  demonstration  site  for  new  technologies,  new  designs  and  new  applications.  For  instance,  the  Shalun  area’s  urban  development  plans  will  include  special  features  such  as  electric  buses  that  are  recharged  using  wireless  technology,  vehicles  with  solar  panel  roofs,  green  architecture  and  a  zero-waste  environment.  All  of  these  futuristic  visions  come  with  great  challenges  as  well,  Lin  said.

Establishing  the  park  in  Shalun  also  represents  government  efforts  to  balance  technological  and  urban  development  between  the  north  and  south,  as  well  as  rural  and  urban  areas.  To  make  Tainan  a  popular  city  for  high-tech  professionals,  the  government  will  concentrate  on  Shalun  when  planning  future  R&D  budgets  and  personnel  arrangements  for  the  green  energy  industry.

Minister  of  Science  and  Technology  Yang  Hung-duen,  who  also  attended  the  ceremony,  said  developing  new  non-fossil  fuel  energy  resources  is  an  urgent  matter,  as  energy  shortages,  global  warming  and  climate  change  threaten  the  world.

Taiwan’s  energy  policy  for  2025  aims  to  establish  a  stable,  efficient  and  clean  energy  supply  system  that  simultaneously  promotes  energy  safety  and  environmental  sustainability  while  supporting  the  green  economy.  And  the  creation  of  the  Shalun  Green  Energy  Science  City  is  a  major  step  toward  this  goal,  the  minister  said.

The  planned  park—to  be  built  near  the  Taiwan  High  Speed  Rail  Tainan  Station—will  span  22.3  hectares  and  include  a  joint  research  center  as  well  as  a  demonstration  site.  The  joint  research  center  will  bring  together  domestic  universities,  research  institutes,  state-owned  enterprises  and  the  industrial  sector  to  collaborate  on  a  two-year  solar  power  plan  and  a  four-year  wind  power  plan.  Their  focus  will  be  on  four  areas  of  industrial  need:  energy  creation  (solar  and  wind  power),  energy  storage  (fuel  cells),  energy  conservation  (green  architecture)  and  systems  integration  (smart  grids).