Offshore wind-power generation

  • Date: 2018-09-10

With many of the world’s top 20 offshore wind fields located in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan is blessed with the ideal conditions for developing offshore wind power. So in addition to solar energy, offshore wind power is another important resource that will help the nation reach its target of generating 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Taiwan’s goal is to raise its offshore wind power capacity to 5.5 gigawatts (GW) by 2025, which will yield 19.8 billion kilowatt-hours of clean, home-grown energy each year and cut carbon emissions by 10.47 million metric tons annually. This will also generate nearly NT$1 trillion (US$32.4 billion) in total investments and create 20,000 job opportunities.

Development strategies
 Phase 1: Subsidize demonstration wind farms, attract private investments
Two demonstration wind turbines with a combined capacity of 8 megawatts (MW) in the waters off Miaoli in western Taiwan have already begun commercial operations.

 Phase 2: Announce potential sites for wind farms, accept applications from developers
Authorities completed the selection procedure (based on project quality) in April 2018 and allocated 3,836 MW of capacity to developers. Two months later the auction process (based on price of power to be supplied) was completed with an additional 1,664 MW capacity allocated. The total allocated capacity of 5.5 GW will be installed from 2020 to 2025.

 Phase 3: Guide development of offshore zones, promote industrialization of domestic supply chain
The entire supply chain consisting of wind turbine components, towers, underwater foundations, submarine cables, and marine engineering and shipbuilding will be consolidated into one industry to take on the Asia-Pacific market.