Taiwan is seeking to deepen cooperation with Germany on energy transition and in the exploration of new techniques for reaching carbon neutrality, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) said in a statement yesterday.
NSTC Minister Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), who arrived in Europe on Tuesday last week and is touring there until Friday, visited the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which was founded to promote international academic cooperation.
While there, he met with German scientist Robert Schlogl to discuss their countries’ energy transition experiences and the importance of reaching carbon neutrality, the NSTC said.
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Wu said that Taiwan is forging a path to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, while Schlogl said Germany expects to reach that goal by 2045, the council said, adding that the German scientist also spoke of the importance of developments in new hydrogen technologies.
Wu said Taiwan is seeking international cooperation in technologies related to decarbonization, and Schlogl expressed his willingness to forge cooperation exchanges in such fields with Taiwan, the council said.
From Jan. 1, Schlogl is to assume the role of president of the foundation. He is director of the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI), part of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
After the meeting, Schlogl arranged for Wu to visit the FHI, a renowned research center with ties to five Nobel Prize winners.
Wu also met German Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger, the council said, although it did not provide details of the meeting.
On Sunday, Wu flew to France where he is scheduled to visit Arianespace, a French commercial launch service provider, the council said.
There Wu is to observe progress on the launch of Taiwan’s first domestically built weather satellite, Triton, which is scheduled to be launched early next year, it said.
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