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Development of Ocean Energy in Taiwan

Since 2014, Taiwan has been promoting the National Energy Program, Phase II (NEPII), which is a five-year plan that runs until the end of 2018. As part of this, it has been promoting the development of ocean energy led primarily by the Offshore Wind Power and Marine Energy Focus Center. This focuses on developing wave power generation and tidal power generation, using the energy of the Kuroshio Current that runs along the east side of Taiwan. The later is referred to as Kuroshio power. Universities, research institutes, and companies are also taking part in the development being carried out under the leadership of the center, with small-scale experiments being performed in actual ocean waters (see Table 1).

Wan Chi Steel Industrial Co., Ltd. has a system for harnessing Kuroshio power, and there is also a system that was independently developed by National Taiwan Ocean University and one that was jointly developed by National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Ocean University. The proposals for both of these have been for systems that are anchored in place and which consist of a set of two rotors.

The plan for the ocean energy development roadmap in NEP II is to complete the technology to commercialize wave power by the end of 2016, and to finish prototype experiments on commercial equipment by the end of 2018. What is more, when it comes to this Kuroshio power, the schedule calls for completing the roadmap by the end of 2016 and performing experiments and improvements in ocean waters by the end of 2018. The major goals of the NEP II are to introduce renewable energy in Taiwan and foster this industry, which it will move forward on by cooperating with other countries. (Topics March 2015)

 

Table 1.  Examples of ocean energy power systems developed in Taiwan

  Implementing agency Configuration Maximum output Notes
Wave power Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI) Floating 20kW Open Sea Test (2013)
Output of 2.72 kW and efficiency of 31.4% against waves 0.8 m tall with wave energy of 8.65 kW
Lisshan Co., Bottom-anchored Tank Test
National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) Shore-anchored 0.8kW Tank Test (2012)
Tidal power National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) Bottom-anchored 1.3kW Open Sea Test (2012)
Torpedo-like shape
National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) Floating 5kW Open Sea Test (2013)
Float size: 6x7x5 mm
Wanchi Steel Co., Anchored in the ocean 50 kW
(Second generation)
Open Sea Test (2013)
Generator within the rotors
National Taiwan Ocean University Anchored in the ocean Principle currently being validated System anchored in place and which consists of a set of two rotors
National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Ocean University Anchored in the ocean

Source: Created from materials from the International Workshop on Marine Renewable Energy
http://www.classnk-rd.com/pdf/katsudou201408_C.pdf

 

Reference material:
• Materials from the International Workshop on Marine Renewable Energy
http://www.classnk-rd.com/pdf/katsudou201408_C.pdf
• ITRI homepage
https://www.itri.org.tw/eng/Content/MsgPic01/Contents.aspx?SiteID=1&MmmID=620170236661141772&MSid=620170255713633247
• Overview of the Taiwan National Energy Program, Phase II
http://www.tki-windopzee.nl/files/2014-07/Overview%20of%20Taiwan%20NEP-II%20%281%29.pdf

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