Global offshore wind leader Ørsted today (17) inaugurated the MW-size energy storage pilot system located on the Baoshan campus of National Changhua University of Education (NCUE). The facility will enable a significant amount of research to improve grid efficiency and stability, making important contributions to establish a green energy network in Taiwan.
The energy storage pilot system, which is the first of its kind, fully supported by Ørsted, represents a successful collaboration among industry, academic and government and a landmark milestone for green energy development. The participating parties include NCUE, the Changhua County Government and Taiwanese company Delta Electronics.
Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia Pacific, says: “Ørsted’s vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Leveraging our nearly 30 years of offshore wind expertise and global best practices, we introduced the energy storage pilot system with an aim to drive development of an offshore wind value chain and work to build a renewable energy ecosystem in Taiwan.”
“Nowadays, the way we generate electricity is changing. With technology innovation, we have added more low carbon power supply sources such as from offshore wind to the grid. These changes mean that the way we balance and operate the grid needs to be more agile and flexible. The development of energy storage system in the future will help enhance grid operations as well as accelerate the integration of renewable energy supply and demand to further realize Taiwan’s target of 20% renewables in its energy mix by 2025.”
Kuo Yen-kuang, principle of NCUE, says: “We really appreciate Ørsted for the great support for technology sharing, knowledge transfer and sponsorship to set up this energy storage pilot system and the Ørsted–NCUE Smart Energy Centre. The project significantly will improve our school’s energy efficiency and enable more than 20 extended studies spanning from smart grid, micro-grid technologies, power electronics to strategic management of energy storage system.”
Moreover, Kuo said the Baoshan campus will become an Internet of Things (IoT) smart-grid demonstration zone, using this energy pilot storage system to regulate power usage on campus, while sensors will be installed on major electronic equipment to collect data for further analysis. The results of these studies will be used to develop energy usage prediction models to optimise power efficiency on the campus, cultivate local renewable research talents, and establish NCUE into a green energy research hub.