German wind turbine maker opens Asia-Pacific operation hub in Taiwan
 
Nov 13, 2017
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Enercon GmbH, the largest wind turbine supplier in Germany, has opened an Asia-Pacific operational hub in Taiwan, eyeing the booming renewable energy market in the country.

The regional hub has begun operations, with the goal of investing about US$264 million over the next 10 years to transform its Taiwan office into a marketing center.

The 10-year investment will also be assigned for personnel training to turn the local office into a research and development and maintenance center in the region for Enercon, the company said.

Prior to the establishment of the Taiwan hub, Enercon had accounted for more than 60 percent of land-based wind turbines built in Taiwan. Currently, the firm has installed 213 land-based wind turbines with a capacity of 463 megawatts.

Currently, the German firm produces a majority of components for its wind turbines. Bart Linssen, managing director of Enercon Taiwan, said the company is likely to outsource Taiwanese suppliers to provide components, such as blades and motors, for its wind turbine production in the future.

Taiwan's government has set a goal of building 1.2 gigawatts in land-based wind turbines by 2025, expecting that green energy will account for 20 percent of the total electricity production, up from 5.1 percent in 2016. This goal has attracted many foreign renewable energy developers to Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Lily Lin (lilylin@taitra.org.tw)

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