Offshore wind-power generation

  • Date: 2018-04-11

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 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$34 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 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
Eighteen applications have so far been approved for the capacity allocation process, where selections will be made followed by a competitive bidding process to choose the best offshore wind power developers.
 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.