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1st Taiwan Offshore Wind Energy Symposium 2018

held at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) from Nov. 7-8, 2018

The 2018 Taiwan Offshore Wind Energy Symposium was held at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) on Nov. 7-8, 2018. This symposium was co-hosted by the newly established Center of Excellence for Ocean Engineering (CEOE), NTOU, and supported by Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Hydraulic, Estuary and Offshore Engineering, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Distinguished experts from Germany and Taiwan presented and discussed a total of 10 speeches related to ocean engineering, marine energy, wind power generation, field assessment, construction & operation & maintenance, and shipbuilding. Through technical exchanges and further research and development activities an enhancement in offshore wind power for renewable energy and green industries in Taiwan is anticipated.

Prof. Tai-Wen Hsu, vice president of NTOU, said that pursuit for green renewable energy is of international concern. Wind power is one of the technologies firstly used to generate electricity. In recent years, Taiwan government has been promoting offshore wind power industry and technology which are closely related to the research topics in ocean engineering such as installation, power transmission, operation & maintenance as well as evaluations for impacts from typhoons and earthquakes. NTOU has accumulated a lot of experience in the fields of wind power and ocean energy, which lays the ground work of wind power technology for academia and industries.

In early 2018, NTOU passed a critical evaluation in Higher Education Sprout Program and received the grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to set up the Center of Excellence for Ocean Engineering. In addition to experimental/computational facilities, we successfully integrated domestic and foreign talents in the fields of ocean engineering and marine sciences with international collaborations. We aim at tackling two critical issues in Taiwan: (i) "mitigation/prevention of coastal & riverine disasters" and (ii) "development of marine energy." Objectives would cover the development of a 3D Atmosphere, Ocean, and Morphology fully coupled model (3D-AtOM), effective early warning systems and adaptation strategies for disaster prevention/mitigation as well as the innovative technology in monitoring, operation and maintenance for marine energy, especially offshore wind power. Also, several novel approaches including artificial intelligence, big data and geographic information system will be used to present and extract more information/knowledge in the observation data and simulation results under various scenarios. Ultimately, we believe that the academic research capacity in ocean engineering will be enhanced and the challenges we’re facing can be resolved by the developed techniques.