Offshore Wind Companies from Taiwan and Japan Join Hands to Explore Market Opportunities

By WindTAIWAN / 2021-06-02
With support from the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and organized by the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, the 2021 Taiwan-Japan Offshore Wind Power Industry International Online Networking Meeting took place on May 25 2021, which drew 107 attendees from the green energy industry, with offshore wind developers and suppliers from both Japan and Taiwan engaging in exchanges on the development of offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region, and sharing offshore wind capabilities built in both countries. The event also highlighted Taiwanese suppliers’ production capacity in foundation, grout material and turbine blade, as well as their market strengths, offering rich insights for developers, turbine manufacturers and suppliers to explore potential business opportunities.


With support from the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and organized by the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, the 2021 Taiwan-Japan Offshore Wind Power Industry International Online Networking Meeting took place on May 25 2021, which drew 107 attendees from the green energy industry, with offshore wind developers and suppliers from both Japan and Taiwan engaging in exchanges on the development of offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region, and sharing offshore wind capabilities built in both countries. The event also highlighted Taiwanese suppliers’ production capacity in foundation, grout material and turbine blade, as well as their market strengths, offering rich insights for developers, turbine manufacturers and suppliers to explore potential business opportunities.


In his opening remarks, Director Hua-Yu Lin from IDB, MOEA stated that the Taiwanese government planned to install 5.7GW of offshore wind capacity by 2025, and that in order to meet the target and drive offshore wind in Taiwan, the MOEA has successfully attracted investment from international offshore wind companies with market incentives, facilitating global partnerships to support the formation of four key supply chains in onshore power facility, turbine components, underwater foundation and shipbuilding. He mentioned that Japanese developers such as JERA Energy and Marubeni are currently developing offshore wind farms in Taiwan, working closely with local suppliers, and expressed hopes that partnership with Japanese businesses could further expand by leveraging Taiwan’s supply chain capabilities to serve the Japan and Asia-Pacific markets. In his remarks, Yuji Mitsutake, Co CEO of the Port and Harbour Bureau of the City of Kitakyushu said the Japanese government announced a target in December 2020, to install 45GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040, and that one of the two major ongoing offshore wind projects in Japan is located right in Kitakyushu. Driven by the government’s policy, the Green Energy Port Hibiki in Kitakyushu is designated as a priority offshore wind zone to promote a variety of projects to support the development of the offshore wind industry.


As the first keynote speaker, Takayuki Kawasaki, Manager of Port and Harbour Bureau of City of Kitakyushu, mentioned that Kitakyushu has a solid industrial base, with a number of turbine component manufacturers setting their offices here, such as gearbox manufacturer Ishibashi, bearings supplier Tyssenkrupp, and generator supplier Yaskawa. According to leading Japanese developers JERA Energy and Marubeni, the companies have offshore wind projects underway in Taiwan, and Hokkaido and Akita in Japan, and have built strong partnerships with many Taiwanese suppliers. Marubeni also shared its extensive experience in floating wind development, and would be interested in introducing the technology to Taiwan.


Hsin Chih Tsai, Industrial Analyst of the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, said in her presentation that the government’s policy has helped foster Taiwan’s capabilities in foundation and turbine blade manufacturing, and that with complementary strengths, Taiwan and Japan could achieve win-wins in the offshore wind market. Che Wei Hsu, Manager of the Port of Taichung Taiwan, presented the current status and future outlook of Taichung Port as an offshore wind hub, detailing the four key areas at the Port for turbine pre-assembly, localized manufacturing, personnel training and O&M. CTCI Machinery shared its success track records in foundation TP fabrication, while Ruentex Materials introduced its grout material “Shifu Grout,” the first ultra-high strength grout certified by DNV GL in the Asia-Pacific for concrete foundation installation. The keynote session concluded with a presentation by Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology, who shared how the company obtained critical know-how in turbine blade manufacturing through strategic partnership with Denmark's Vestas, and its future goal of supplying blades for Vestas’ V236 -15MW turbine.


The event also featured breakout sessions, which offered a platform for local suppliers to further discuss potential collaboration with their Japanese counterparts and representatives from the Port and Harbour Bureau of City of Kitakyushu, JERA Energy and Marubeni. Despite the raging pandemic, these online networking meetings are expected to generate new opportunities for businesses in Taiwan and Japan to join hands in exploring the offshore wind energy market in the Asia-Pacific.

 

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