TIPC Promotes Biomass Power as Key Step toward Realizing the Benefits of a Circular Economy
2019-07-16 ~ 2020-07-16
Port of Keelung, TIPC has aggressively promoted national green-energy policy priorities in recent years. In addition to installing the nation’s largest thin-film solar power generation facility at Suao Port, port administrators have put up for public bid nearly 5ha of land in Suao Port’s Warehouse District that is designated for use by companies engaged in the biomass power generation sector.
The Port of Keelung announced that an MOEA biomass-power-generation-certified company that successfully demonstrated its power-generation system in a trial run in Yilan County on June 17th will soon hold a public demonstration of its power-generation system in Sanxing Township (Yilan County).
Further, this potential investor in the Suao Port Warehouse District has announced plans to invest upwards of NT$1 billion in new infrastructure that will make it Taiwan’s first large-scale generator of zero-carbon-emissions, zero PM2.5 particulate biomass-fueled electricity. The planned 8MW plant will be a 24/7 ‘base load’ power generation facility with an annual output of 63 GWh (roughly 8% of current household electricity demand in Yilan County). Moreover, the company has plans to contract with local government authorities and farmers to cultivate fast-growing plants on fallow and underutilized land for fuel and, if necessary, to make up the deficit with biomass imports from Southeast Asia. This strategy is expected to increase domestic farming income, add job opportunities in the agriculture sector, improve domestic energy self-sufficiency, and advance local economic prosperity.
Domestic biomass energy companies currently plan to generate ‘green’ biomass power using imported biomass power plants that are fueled by fast-growing, processed grasses grown on low-yield farmland and public land. These clean power plants, in addition to generating zero carbon emissions and no PM2.5 particulate matter, are set to play positive roles in stimulating Taiwan’s agricultural economy and in helping realize sustainable ‘circular economy’ goals.