As part of Taiwan’s push to develop its offshore wind resources the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading renewable energy consultancy GL Garrad Hassan.
The offshore wind resource around the Taiwanese coast is considered excellent, with more than 6,000MW potential capacity at water depths of less than 50m. Earlier this year the Taiwanese government announced an extensive plan to speed up the deployment of offshore wind farm and promote green energy economics. Beginning with a demonstration project in 2015, offshore installation is planned to ramp up over the coming years and reach 1000 turbines and 3000MW by 2030.
The Memorandum of Understanding will see GL Garrad Hassan and ITRI cooperate in the fields of wind energy technological developments pertaining to industrial technology, technology strategy, and technical information and training. Both Parties will carry out joint projects, exchange technical information and expertise in the research and development of industrial technology, facilitate technical upgrading of scientists and engineers, and explore opportunities for further cooperation in any other areas of mutual interest.
As the world’s largest independent renewable energy consultancy, with local experts on the ground across all continents and almost three decades of expertise across the project lifecycle, GL Garrad Hassan is unrivalled in its ability to provide strategic and policy support. GL Garrad Hassan will share its expertise on offshore wind farm design, project management, offshore infrastructure, risk assessment and mitigation, certification, grid connections to marine energy technology, test site management and certification.
Widely acknowledged for delivering the detail, GL Garrad Hassan has advised on more wind energy projects than any other in the world and therefore, its understanding of the interplay between technology, policy, economics and regulation is underpinned with a wealth of project experience. GL Garrad Hassan has consulted the wind industry’s major manufacturers, developers, owners, operators and investors, as well as Governments and NGOs. Specific services include policy and market advice, as well as direction on international trends that influence the renewable energy industry.
Press release, October 16, 2012; Image: gl