Surfacing Taiwan’s Geothermal Power Potential


With new technology and investments, geothermal power could become a viable energy source in Taiwan – as long as regulatory hurdles are overcome.

Given Taiwan’s location on the Pacific “ring of fire,” its potential for geothermal energy has long been recognized. With more than 4,000 hot spring sites on the island, there is plenty of water to bring geothermal heat to the surface. In some localities, the springs are so hot that tourists bring eggs to hard-boil in hot water bubbling right out of the ground.

However, recognizing the potential does not ensure the ability to harness that potential for electricity. Until very recently, attempts at generating power from geothermal energy have all failed. Attempts in the 1980s by the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) ended in a marginal plant that lost productivity over time due to pipe corrosion and silt blockage. Further efforts were cursed with uncertainties ranging from soil acidity to opposition from indigenous peoples holding land rights to some of the most promising sites for geothermal energy. For decades, Taiwan was resigned to treating its geothermal resources as a source of recreation in the form of hot springs rather than an energy resource.



Baseload Capital announces that its subsidiary, Baseload Power Japan has officially begun its fourth geothermal power operation.

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運轉過程幾無碳排、無水資源耗損的地熱發電,是近年熱門的再生能源之一,台灣位在太平洋板塊火環帶,具開發優勢,東部發展的潛能是全台之最,其中宜蘭、台東地熱發電已實際運轉,花蓮卻因部落族人多次抗議,開發廠商除配合部落生活習慣,調整作業時間,耗時1年半的溝通協調,直到去年底才完成開發第一階段鑿井探勘,進程較慢。 萬榮鄉紅葉部落是花蓮縣第一件地熱開發案,工研院研究指出,當地初估蘊藏16MW(百萬瓦)的地熱潛能,瑞典商倍速羅得公司2019年選定作為開發案場。 Read the full article at >> China Times
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