One of the critical accelerators for the renewable energy initiatives in Pingtung County is the work of a network or ecosystem of system integrators that invest their time, talent and treasure to make renewables happen in southern Taiwan. Many of these people are locals who have gone away for education and skill building, only to return to their home areas to deliver that set of skills back into their country. Others are investors that view Pingtung as a great test bed for new ideas in the renewable energy arena.
With the support and encouragement from Magistrate Tsao, this group is building and testing interesting technologies — photovoltaics, biogas technologies, storage technologies and others — that will be critical to the success of the Microgrid efforts and Pingtung overall. As with any endeavor, it is important to test many different things to see which makes the most sense and stick in a given environment.
The IBM team spent much of the first week with these integrators learning about the technologies and the specific projects they are implementing around Pingtung County that might be applied in the Microgrid demonstration area. We have highlighted some of those here.
Lee Chang Yung Group (LCY) – investments primarily in photovoltaic farms with a demonstration house located with one of the farms.
Arima EcoEnergy Tech. Corp. – investments in photovoltaic farms
Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd. (APFCT) – investments in hydrogen fuel cell technology as well as an associated distribution system to make the fuel cell technology portable and more supportable.
Sunny Rich System Co., Ltd. – investments in photovoltaic farms and using those renewable investments to support organic produce and alternative growing method investments.