Taiwan installs offshore wind farms

The first offshore wind farm with a capacity of up to 600 MW will be built off Changhua county on Taiwan's west coast. The turbines will be erected 2.5 to 10 km off the coast at water depths of up to 30 m. In the future, SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd. (SERL), based in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, and TGC want to cooperate in planning, constructing and operating offshore wind farms in Taiwan. In the context of the Beatrice project off the coast of Scotland, SeaEnergy has already gained experience in deep-water turbine installation.

The Taiwanese government aims at raising the proportion of electricity from regenerative sources to 15 % by 2025, which corresponds to a capacity of almost 8,500 MW. Using offshore wind power will help achieve this level quickly. The government estimates the offshore potential to be at least 3,000 MW. Taiwan has announced that a feed-in tariff will be introduced in January 2010.

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