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Technical and cultural tours

Tour to NTOU Marine Energy Test Site at Keelung (Morning of September 13)

We are going to visit the Marine Energy Test Site of National Taiwan Ocean University on the morning of September 13 (Thursday). The site is at Keelung, about 35 km from the venue. In addition to the overview of the site, two wave energy converters and one tidal current turbine system, which are going to tested at the site, will be presented. The departure time is 09:00 at the venue. Please wear the conference badge when visiting the site.


Minesto is marine energy developer with operations in Sweden, Taiwan and the UK. The company’s awarded product, called Deep Green, is the only known, verified technology that can operate cost effectively in areas with low-flow tidal streams and ocean current.

The Deep Green technology converts kinetic energy in marine currents to renewable, predictable electricity with a unique, patented method similar to flying a kite in the wind. Control system functionality and power production performance have been verified in ocean trials with scale model prototypes since 2011. Minesto is currently commissioning its first utility-scale 0.5MW demonstrator in North West Wales.

In 2016, Minesto signeda collaboration agreement together with the Research Center for Ocean Energy and Strategies (RCOES) at National Taiwan Ocean University. The collaboration will include installation and ocean testing of a scale model prototype and research on Minesto’s unique Deep Green technology. Within the scope of the collaboration agreement, Minesto and RCOES will explore the potential for Minesto’s Deep Green technology in Taiwan.


The wave power generators of ITRI

The potential amount of Wave energy around Taiwan has been estimated at about 2.4 GW. It is very difficult to develop wave power plants in the short-term, a number of key issues have to be overcome, especially the typhoon and earthquake threats in Taiwan. In addition, the availability and safety of wave energy generators, reduce the wave power costs and the domestic maritime engineering energy shortage still needs to be solved soon. The Taiwan government devotes resources to research and development of wave energy generation systems applicable to domestic seas, through long-term sea testing and verification, and then gradually enlarge the scale to improve the performance of the wave power generators.

ITRI is funded by the BOE of MOEA of Taiwan government to develop the technology of wave energy generators for several years. The latest generation anti-typhoon bottom-mounted WEC of ITRI will be installed in the test site of NTOU for a short-term site testing in Sep. 2018.

 10kW Bottom-mounted WEC                                                          WEC deployment at the Test Site of NTOU

Tour to Aquanet’s PTO site

Location: Full scale 1MW air turbine power take-off system test facility of Aquanet Power in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Aquanet Power has successfully built a first of its kind unique full-scale wind tunnel test facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The test facility, equipped with simulation capabilities to simulate a variety of wave heights and wave periods has been built to fully test, validate and optimise the full scale 1MW rated capacity air turbine power take-off (PTO) system to work in any sea condition in the world. The fully automated facility has been designed and built to replicate various sea characteristics for both regular and irregular wave conditions.  It is currently being used to showcase the performance and capability of the proprietary air turbine, the full PTO and control system in a variety of sea conditions. 

To ensure the cost-effectiveness of the WEC system, a control strategy is carefully designed for the PTO system to respond to the irregularity of each incoming wave by adjusting the latching and the damping of the PTO system. With a simplified design and highly efficient air turbine, the efficiency of the system is thereby increased and hence its cost-effectiveness.  The standardised PTO system is used for all product variants of the technology, for shallow water and deep-water applications, with small adjustments to suit any given project location. 

The PTO system is now ready to be deployed not only with its dedicated Aquanet Oscillating Water Column but also with any other suitable OWC as a plug-and-play solution for any sea condition in the world. 

The technical tour/site visit will bring delegates to Guanyin Industrial Park in Taoyuan, to see the first of its kind unique full-scale wind tunnel test facility.  A tour and a short presentation of a full working PTO system will be shown. 

If interested, please register at the Aquanet booth. First come, first serve.

Tour 1: Afternoon of Wednesday, September 12.

             Departure at 14:30 from the venue.

             Limited to 30 delegates.

Tour 2: Afternoon of Thursday, September 13.

             Departure at 12:00 from the NTOU test site.

             Limited to 60 delegates.

Tour to Jiufen Old Street (Afternoon of September 13)

Founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893, quickly developing the town due to a gold rush. Many buildings in the town remain unchanged to this day, reflecting the Japanese influence on both architecture and culture on the island. During World War II, the town housed a Japanese prisoner of war camp where captured Allied Force soldiers (mainly British) were forced to work in the gold mines. After the war, gold mining activities declined, and the town today exists mainly as a tourist destination remembering and celebrating Taiwanese history and culture.

Feel spirited away in this decommissioned gold mining mountain town, originally built by the Japanese and now a maze of lanes and alleyways with rich history and culture.

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