Aquatera was commissioned by Taiwan’s Industry Technology and Research Institute (ITRI) to participate in an evaluation study investigating the potential for wave energy developments in Taiwan. The initial stages of this study involved a complete review of wave energy converters (WEC) currently under development so as to establish which would be most suitable for a test-deployment at a predetermined site off the north east coast of Taiwan. Aquatera’s role was to assess the suitability of each device type with regards to the local site conditions and essentially select the final candidate technology. This process also involved Aquatera developing a number of potential pathways that the initial stages of the project could take; based on various scales of development, site constraints and budget brackets. Once ITRI had selected the pathway which was most aligned to its overall goals, Aquatera was able to identify the most suitable candidate technologies for installation at the test site.
It is anticipated that the selected technology will be installed at the proposed test site during the summer of 2010 until 2011. It is hoped that a successful test installation will act as a catalyst for a wider wave energy industry in Taiwan with a capacity in the region of 75MW by 2025. This international collaboration demonstrates the global potential that the renewables sector holds and the opportunities that there are for pioneering companies in this sector. Scotland, and in particular areas such as Orkney, have achieved “first mover advantage” by embracing marine renewables early on and investing in the facilities and expertise needed to support this fledgling industry.