Taiwan’s energy self-sufficiency is relatively low. Hence, in addition to renewable energy, self-generated energy can enhance energy security consistent with reaching net zero emissions by 2050. With the fast and stable Kuroshio Current on the East Coast, using ocean currents as a source of renewable energy may allow Taiwan to reach net zero emissions. Academia Sinica signed the “Ocean Energy and Ocean Technology Research and Development Collaboration Agreement”(MOU) with the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) on March 28, 2023. Both parties look forward to accelerating the development of zero-carbon power through closer technical collaboration.

Since ocean energy is experimental, we require a comprehensive understanding of the environment to evaluate its potential for power generation, such as suitable sites, potential output, and power characteristics. Academia Sinica has started exchanges with NARLabs on talent, technology, and facilities to stimulate ocean energy development to achieve Taiwan’s self-sufficiency and emission goals.

Generating Current from Currents: Academia Sinica Signs MOU with the National Applied Research Laboratories