The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research to set up Kaohsiung solar energy research center


The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER) under the Executive Yuan’s Atomic Energy Council plans to establish a solar energy research center at the Kaohsiung Science Park in southern Taiwan to promote development of solar power generation technology and industry, INER Director-General Lin Li-fu said Monday.

Knowing that the Kaohsiung county government has invited enterprises in the solar energy industry to invest in the park, Lin visited Kaohsiung Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing that same day to explain the plan and solicit his support in promoting solar power generation technology.

According to Lin, the institute plans to build within three years an 18,000-hectare research center in which the institute can transfer its core technology and form inspection standards that will allow it to build an inspection center for solar energy products in the future.

Lin also suggested that the Kaohsiung county government ask for help from the central government to build a 10 million kilowatt photovoltaic solar power generation system in the county, and to sell generated electricity to Taiwan Power Co. as a means of attracting investment projects and expanding the industry’s market.

Lin said photovoltaic solar power generation systems have up to 30 percent efficiency, which is much higher than the 13 percent afforded by conventional electric power generation systems.