cens logo

Taipower to Pour US$12.12 Bn. to Mostly Build Offshore Wind Farms in Changhua Coastal Area

Mar 07, 2016 | By Quincy Liang

Bird's-eye view over wind turbines installed in the Changhua costal area, central Taiwan. (photo from UDN) Bird's-eye view over wind turbines installed in the Changhua costal area, central Taiwan. (photo from UDN)

Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), the state-owned power monopoly in Taiwan, recently announced it plans to invest some NT$400 billion (US$12.12 billion) into the development of renewable energies, of which more than 80 percent of such investment to go to offshore wind farms.

According to Taipower's plans, the company will install 300 wind turbines in the Changhua costal area that lies off the county in central-western Taiwan, including 22 turbines that are scheduled to start up by 2018 to provide about 2.5 percent of the total power supply in Taiwan after completion.

Other renewable-energy projects include setting up a geothermal electric power plant on Taiwan's offshore Green Island (about 37 km. east of Taitung, a town on the southeast coast), which is expected to kick off operation by 2017; a small hydroelectric power generator at Liyutan Reservoir (central Taiwan) that is planned for start-up by 2020.

Amid recent news reports of power shortages in Taiwan after the decommissioning of its nuclear power plants and protests against reactivation, to achieve the goal of making renewable energies account for 15 percent of Taiwan's overall electric power supply by 2030, Taipower has mapped out a mid-term plan to pour more than NT$400 billion (US$12.12 billion) over the next 15 years to install total renewable-energy power capacity of 3,500 megawatts (MW), including 1,800MW of offshore wind power, 1,000MW of solar power, and 700MW of terrestrial wind and geothermal power.

A senior Taipower official pointed out that the planned construction of the targeted offshore wind power capacity will cost about NT$330 billion (US$10 billion), or more than 80 percent of the total investment. In the future, he added, about 80 percent of the planned wind-power capacity will be installed in the Changhua costal area, with the remaining 20 percent in Penghu or Pescadores, an islet off the south-central coast of Taiwan about midway in the Taiwan Strait renowned as a tourist destination because the seabed in Changhua is flatter.

The first-stage wind farm construction project in the Changhua coastal area is scheduled to kick off by 2017 and begin supplying electricity by the end of 2018, the Taipower official said. The initial stage will see installation of 22 wind turbines, which can add about 110MW of electric power to the total.

He also added that a trial low-depth geothermal generator will be installed on Green Island and the whole project is scheduled to start up in the second half this year with a test well to be drilled. The generator will be installed in 2017 for trial operation, with initial-stage generation capacity of 400 kilowatt (kW). In the future, the official said, the project is expected to generate capacity of 2,000 kW, about half of the needed electricity on the offshore island.

Taipower has also completed feasibility studies for Liyutan Reservoir (4,000 kW), Hushan Reservoir (2,000 kW), and Jiji Diversion Weir (6,500 kW), all in central Taiwan. The hydro-power project at Liyutan will kick off by 2017 and is expected to start commercial operation by 2020. In addition, the power company said that some other locations have also been chosen for hydroelectric power generation potential.


Industry Reports

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry </h2>

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry

Oct 20, 2020

Foxconn is looking to explore cooperation with European tier 1 auto parts suppliers in developing 3D auto-use curved glass covers. The electronics manufacturer is also reportedly engaging in talks with European auto firms to make curved, one-piece system consoles and dashboards. In a bid to diversify its product line, Foxconn's plans to enter the lucrative auto parts industry began with provid...


(File cabinets, photo courtesy of Chyn Fuh Enterprise Co., Ltd.)

Taiwan's Furniture Industry Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected global and Taiwan's political and economic landscapes. Unlike some industries, the furniture sector did not escape unscathed, facing a squeeze from management and costs. While Taiwan continues to implement a stable, successful outbreak response, the industry has also misjudged the economic downturn duration. The furniture industry has yet to fully recover...


2020 Energy Vision Summit for Green Energy to Kick off in Nov.</h2>

2020 Energy Vision Summit for Green Energy to Kick off in Nov.

Oct 14, 2020

The Taiwanese government has pledged to lead the effort in further developing the sustainable green economy, which is among the sectors highlighted in the Tsai administration's "5+2 Innovative Industries Initiative." Economic Daily News is hosting the "2020 Energy Vision Summit - Green Energy 2.0" on November 11. As one of the government's core policies, improving the island's energy self-suff...



Industry In-Focus

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry </h2>

Foxconn Engages European Auto Parts Talks for Tier 1 and EV Market Entry

Oct 20, 2020

Foxconn is looking to explore cooperation with European tier 1 auto parts suppliers in developing 3D auto-use curved glass covers. The electronics manufacturer is also reportedly engaging in talks with European auto firms to make curved, one-piece system consoles and dashboards. In a bid to diversify its product line, Foxconn's plans to enter the lucrative auto parts industry began with provid...


China's Strong Auto Market to Buoy Taiwan's Related Industries</h2>

China's Strong Auto Market to Buoy Taiwan's Related Industries

Oct 19, 2020

Taiwan's auto parts market has seen positive impacts as the Chinese automotive market continues to grow in its sixth consecutive month. Hotai Motors and Yulon Nissan Motor are the two significant firms enjoying the leverage. The island's related industries are benefiting from the strong performance of China's automotive market. Industry members say as long as competitive Taiwanese firms mainta...


Foundry Supply in a Pickle Amid Surging Demand Due to Pandemic and Restrictions</h2>

Foundry Supply in a Pickle Amid Surging Demand Due to Pandemic and Restrictions

Oct 19, 2020

Industry experts expect to see challenging times ahead for production in the foundry sector, forecasting that the current situation will not let up in the short-term and warns of unbalanced supply-demand next year. During the pre-pandemic era, IC design firms say clients usually made urgent orders to avoid having to manage inventory. Yet, considering limited foundry production volume, clients ...



Supplier News

(Electric Vehicle-Photo courtesy of CENS)

Microtest: Precise, Reliable, and Always Improving

Oct 16, 2020

Eyes Stake in 5G Industry with Impedance Analyzer 6632 With greater demand for electronics and manufacturers' need for more precise and diverse applications than before, testing equipment that ensures the reliability, safety, and quality of parts are in hot demand. Founded in 1993, Microtest Corp. is a professional maker and developer of high precision and automatic testing and measurement ins...


(Photo courtesy of Ho Shuan Enterprise Co., Ltd.)

Ho Shuan is Your Choice for Educational Furniture and More

Oct 16, 2020

Insisting that its customers are always a top priority, Ho Shuan Enterprise Co., Ltd.'s R&D team provides the best educational furniture and peripherals, computer tables, and desks to meet all customer requirements. Established in 1986, Ho Shuan has experienced recent sluggish local market performance, but eventually rebounded and came back better than ever. Despite difficulties, the firm neve...

HO SHUAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.


(S16-M01 Short Swivel-Handle Cabinet, photo courtesy of Chyn Fuh Enterprise)

Chyn Fuh: A Quality OA Metal Furniture Maker

Oct 16, 2020

Chyn Fuh Enterprise, founded in 1993, entered the market with the sole aim of offering other OA metal furniture options for customers. Since its inception, Chyn Fuh has focused on designing and producing OA metal furniture, providing various office use products, including file cabinets, storage cabinets, office desks, and different assistive metal products. Chyn Fuh partook in many government ...

CHYN FUH ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.



Insiders' Views

Caption: Pictured from front row, third right, Changhua County Government Economic Affairs Department Director Liu Yu-ping, County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei, Secretary Chen Bo-tsun pose in front of the exhibition booth. (Photo provided by CHCIA)

Changhua County Government Shores up Biz-Matching to Global Buyers

Nov 18, 2019

■Yang Feng-Chun In a bid to assist manufacturers in Changhua County to expand their market reach overseas against severe competition in the globalized market, Changhua County Government has been an active player in pushing for a makeover and innovation of its local small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in hopes of establishing stronger connection with international markets. An ex...


Paul Master offers high-quality chassis and engines parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks. (Photo courtesy of Paul Master)

Paul Master Builds Reputation with Auto Chassis and Engine Parts

Nov 18, 2019

Founded in 1980, Paul Master Auto Parts Co. is headquartered in Taiwan, a professional manufacturer of chassis and engines parts for passenger cars, trucks, and industrial trucks including forklifts. General Manager Terry Liang said the company has its own professional design department, which provides customized products and specifications for global buyers, including automobile steering and...

PAUL MASTER AUTO PARTS CO.


Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.</h2><p class='subtitle'>Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd. </p>

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.

Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd.

Sep 04, 2019

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd is one of the major manufacturers of automobile friction materials in Taiwan and globally. Chairman Austin Cheng has implemented the double-arrow strategy this year - own brand of “YangPo” is adopted to focus on global channels while the “NHC brand focuses on improving market shares in global markets, such as Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle E...



Exhibition Highlights

Gearing up for Post-COVID Recovery, THS Coming Soon in October</h2>

Gearing up for Post-COVID Recovery, THS Coming Soon in October

Oct 07, 2020

As the only hardware and hand tools trade show taking place this year globally, the three-day Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) will soon kick off on 13th October at the Taichung International Exhibition Center. Positive industry outlook for the post COVID-19 era has led to over 370 companies signing up as exhibitors, in a bid to gear up for a long-awaited economic recovery and plan the next strategic m...


Stable Development and Popular Fastener Show in China</h2>

Stable Development and Popular Fastener Show in China

Sep 11, 2020

Driven by market prospects, domestic and international exhibitors actively prepare International Fastener Show China in Shanghai on November 3-5, 2020. Suffering from global epidemic and quarantine nearly half year, exhibitions are hot and popular in mainland China. Thousands of visitors join and visit the exhibitions with inquiries, and are eager to know new technology. Domestic and inter...


2020 Medical Taiwan to Host In-Person and Virtual Events</h2>

2020 Medical Taiwan to Host In-Person and Virtual Events

Sep 10, 2020

2020 Medical Taiwan is slated to kick off on Oct. 15 to Oct 17 at Nangang Exhibition Hall 2. Aside from events at the show, show organizer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is also hosting the “Medical Taiwan Virtual” online edition at the same time due to travel restrictions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual edition will present 200 exhibitors and over 700 medic...