[DIGITIMES] Taiwan to promote offshore wind power generation

2015.08.17 / DIGITIMES / Kai-Ti Chiang, Taipei; Adam Hwang,

Taiwan has designated 36 areas off its west coast with water depths of up to 50m as offshore wind power-generating farms, setting target cumulative investment of NT$88 billion (US$2.73 billion) for 2020 and NT$670 billion for 2030.

For offshore wind power generation, Taiwan's economics ministry aims at cumulative total installation capacity of 4,000MWp for 2030.

There is abundant wind resources off Taiwan's west coast, with wind power-generating time of 3,300-3,400 hours a year, the ministry said, adding the feed-in tariff rate for offshore wind power generation is NT$3/kWh higher than its terrestrial equivalent, which is an incentive for investment.

A single investment project to develop offshore wind power-generating farms should reach total installation capacity of 100MWp and average installation capacity per square kilometer of 5MWp in minimum, MOEA noted.

CSC, Teco Electric & Machinery, InfraVest Wind Power, Fuhai, Taiwan Marine Heavy Industries and state-run Taiwan Power Company are interested in investing in offshore wind power generation, according to industry sources.


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