Data Analyst Erin and Business Development Coordinator Tina will be visiting Taiwan next week. The week-long Renewable Energy Outward Mission is coordinated by UKTI and will involve high level meetings with developers, as well as round table discussions.
One of the main reasons Government officials are looking to develop wind energy in Taiwan is so that other countries will not have to be relied upon for energy. Currently, Taiwan imports 99% of its energy supply, most of which comes from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Luckily for Taiwan - an island country surrounded by sea, there is plenty of potential to develop offshore wind energy.
In fact, offshore wind energy possesses the highest development potential in terms of installed capacity and also higher power generation efficiency. By 2030, Taiwan aims to increase its overall wind power capacity (onshore and offshore) from 530MW to 3G under an ambitious renewable energy plan unveiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Oldbaum representatives are returning to Taiwan following previous preliminary wind resource strategy work which was carried out for Fuhai Offshore wind farm, located in the county of Chang-hua. The team also helped to sell a WindSentinel wind resource assessment buoy to National Cheng Kung University.
Tina Koenig, Communications & Business Development Coordinator said: "We are looking forward to building upon existing relationships in Taiwan, as well as creating new ones. It will be a great opportunity for Erin and I to learn more about Taiwanese culture, their way of doing business, as well as offering our wind data expertise to their growing wind sector."
Famous for its night markets where you can find "stinky tofu" and snake blood, there'll be plenty of other new things to experience!