Penghu, Cornwall sign agreement on green technology

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Nov 06, 2012 - Page 3

Penghu County and the UK’s Cornwall Council yesterday signed a protocol of collaboration to work more closely together on developing green technologies, according to the British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) in Taipei.

Under the protocol, the two parties will look for ways to promote smart grid solutions and develop the outlying county into a low-carbon island, British Trade and Cultural Office Director David Campbell said.

“We believe Taiwan can be a very effective partner working with the UK to help us deliver our ambitions, and I believe the UK’s strengths can also help with Taiwan’s own strategy here,” he said.

The UK estimates that it will spend as much as £36 billion (US$57.5 billion) on smart grid orders in the next 15 years or so, Campbell said, adding that he looks forward to the two sides developing further links and realizing related business opportunities.

A UK smart grid mission, consisting of representatives from SmartGrid GB, the Cornwall Council and British Gas, is in Taiwan to establish industrial and academic ties, and develop smart grid technology and business opportunities with local companies and research institutions, Campbell said.

In addition to the Penghu visit, the delegation is scheduled to meet local LED manufacturers and insulation material companies, the office said.

Penghu, located about 50km off the coast of Chiayi County, is working to develop renewable resources and green tourism, with the goal of becoming one of the top 10 low-carbon islands in the world.

The county has the potential to generate 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity from alternative energy sources and sell 100 million kilowatt hours to Taiwan proper via a submarine cable, according to the Penghu County Government.

It has also set sustainable energy development goals that aim to cut carbon emission levels to 56 percent of its 2005 levels by 2015.

The UK smart grid mission is a part of a program launched by the BTCO in September to promote low-carbon economies.

The two-month program includes eight events, with more than 30 UK speakers visiting Taiwan to strengthen partnerships between the two sides, the office said.