Taiwan-UK renewable energy conference wraps up in Taipei
MOEA Vice Minister Lin Chuan-neng delivers his opening address at the Taiwan-U.K. Renewable Energy Conference Nov. 15 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOEA)
Taiwan-U.K. Renewable Energy Conference wrapped up Nov. 15 in Taipei City, underscoring the effectiveness of government efforts in fast-tracking the country’s offshore wind power development while deepening cooperation with a key global industry partner.
Organized by Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and British Office Taipei, the daylong event was attended by around 200 academics, business representatives, experts and officials. Activities included commercial matchmaking sessions, keynote speeches, and seminars pertaining to core issues like industrial localization, port management, talent availability, and workplace health and safety.
MOEA Vice Minister Lin Chuan-neng said during his opening address that the conference follows hot on the heels of the inauguration of offshore wind farm Formosa 1 in northern Taiwan’s Miaoli County. It is a blue-ribbon platform for the government to promote this milestone and garner greater input from the British side, he added.
BOT Representative Catherine Nettleton said the U.K. boasts the largest installed offshore wind capacity in the world, as well as abundant experience in setting up such facilities. Taiwan and U.K. should share know-how, expand exchanges and boost opportunities for vendors from both sides in the international market, she added.
Another highlight of the conference was the launch of the U.K. Renewable Energy Committee in Taiwan. The move, which continues 14 years of successful renewable energy cooperation between the countries, is expected to pave the way for more mutually beneficial progress in related areas.
Since its inaugural edition in 2006, the conference has played a central role in raising awareness in Taiwan and the U.K. of the latest green energy sector developments and policies, as well as spurring in-depth technology assistance and consultations.