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Taiwan teams up with Denmark to develop offshore wind power

2018/07/04 19:37:37

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Taipei, July 4 (CNA) Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced Wednesday that it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Taiwan University (NTU) and Technological University of Denmark (DTU) on offshore wind power cooperation.

The three parties will jointly collaborate in opening courses, exchanging experience and offering training opportunities to cultivate Taiwanese talent in the field, the CIP said.

The MOU comes at a time when Taiwan is keen to develop its offshore wind power industry and related sectors.

It is estimated that the burgeoning industry could create 32,000 jobs, with a demand for 2,100 high-level professionals.

Chiang Mao-hsiung (江茂雄), director of NTU's Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, said it is not easy for Taiwan to bring in so many qualified teachers. Now, however, through the cooperation with the CIP and DTU -- both of which enjoy extensive experience in the field -- Taiwan will get a boost to promote the industry, he added.

In January, the CIP also clinched an MOU with Changhua-based Chienkuo Technology University (CTU) on an apprenticeship program to foster skilled manpower for the maintenance of offshore wind power sites in Taiwan.

A group of CTU professors is slated to visit Denmark in July, where they will gain hands-on experience at offshore wind power sites, which they will be able to pass on to their students in the form of practical knowledge.

CIP is a fund management company founded in 2012 that currently has four funds and more than 6 billion euros under management, according to its website.

Their current investments include a wide range of energy infrastructure assets, including offshore wind, onshore wind, offshore power transmission, biomass and waste to energy, and solar PV investments. CIP focuses on Europe, North America and East Asia (Taiwan).

(By Kuo Hsin-yi and Flor Wang)