Wed, Jul 25, 2018 - Page 3 News List

Green energy services launched

ASSESSMENT:Analyses have found that Tainan, Yunlin and Chiayi are well-suited for solar power, while Taichung, Miaoli and Changhua are optimal for offshore wind power

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

A series of services and applications to facilitate the development of the nation’s green energy industry were launched by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and the Bureau of Energy yesterday.

The Meteorological Information-based Green Energy Operations Center Web site, which allows green energy operators to try the applications, was also launched.

The government has been actively promoting the use of solar energy, offshore wind energy and other renewable energy sources, CWB technology center director Lin Hsi-ming said.

Last year, 46.8 percent of electricity in the nation was generated by burning coal, followed by natural gas at 34.7 percent, Lin said, adding that renewable energy accounted for only 4.5 percent.

The government wants to elevate the contribution from renewable energy sources to 20 percent by 2025, Lin said.

Among renewable energy sources, 44.5 percent is generated by hydroelectric facilities, while wind and solar energy account for 14 percent and 13.9 percent respectively, so there is plenty of room to grow, Lin said.

Weather plays an important role in how wind and solar energy operators choose sites for power generators and how they forecast the amount of electricity needed to be generated, Lin said, adding that such information is also critical in helping operators dispatch power.

“The services developed by the two government agencies include an application to help green energy operators identify the locations with the highest green power density, which can be used as a reference when they need to choose sites for power generators,” Lin said.

Another app forecasts the green power that can be generated, which is used to assess the reliability of solar and wind energy over the subsequent three to seven days, Lin said.

This would also help the operators dispatch power and provide value-added services using smart grids, Lin said.

Industrial Technology Research Institute senior researcher Yen Chieh-cheng (顏厥正) said that the Bureau of Energy has developed an offshore power assessment system for different models of wind power generators to help operators decide how they want to arrange power generators in a wind farm.

It has also developed a system that allows power operators to dispatch and track wind power maintenance ships by combining information on the weather and shipping to help operators reduce maintenance costs, Yen said.

The Web site provides three types of information on wind and solar energy: historical averages, surveillance analyses and forecasts, the weather bureau said.

Preliminary analyses found that the ideal places to develop solar energy in the nation are the coastal areas in Yunlin and Chiayi counties as well as Tainan, which is the optimal location, the CWB said.

Wind energy can be developed off the coasts of Taichung and Miaoli and Changhua counties, as well as Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻) in Pingtung County, it said.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top