The biggest order went to Zephyros. The company will supply 22, 2 MW machines to local contractor Luxe Electrical Company for installation at two sites. Four turbines will go up at Taichung Station, with operation planned to start in January 2005, while the remaining 18 machines will be installed at Taichung Harbour for operation in March 2005. For Zephyros, this is the first fully commercial order for its direct drive machine, the development of which it took over from Lagerwey in 2002. The machines will be shipped from Holland, with blades supplied by LM Glasfiber. Luxe, which specifically sought a direct drive turbine, may become a franchise partner, says Zephyros' Sjef Peeraer. A prototype Zephyros has been running in Holland for nearly a year.
The GE and Vestas turbines are going to local contractor Chung-Shin Electric & Machinery MFG Corp, which won two of Taipower's three wind power tenders. GE Wind will supply a total of 26 turbines, all rated at 1.5 MW, for installation at three sites. Twenty GE turbines will go up at Taoyuan and three near the Tatan Station. They are expected online in the first half of next year. Another three units are headed for a site near the Taiwanese Nuclear Plant No.3, with commercial operation expected in December.
Vestas won the smallest order. It will supply six 600 kW turbines for a site near the Taiwanese Nuclear Plant No.1. Site works will start this month with commercial operation expected in the early autumn.
The fourth 10 MW tender is expected to see six 1.8 MW machines installed near Shinchu City with commercial operation in February 2005. Under the terms of all the tenders, Taipower will be the sole owner and operator of the turbines after construction.
According to Taipower's Shang-Hsiung Yu, the utility will continue to develop wind projects to comply with government policy on renewable energy. A second phase of development is under consideration by Taipower. If approved, it will see the utility issue tenders for around 63 wind turbines with a total capacity of 126 MW. Construction of these projects would take place from 2005 to 2007.
The utility will also buy green energy from independent power developers, Shang-Hsiung Yu adds. Under Taipower's renewable energy purchase program announced in November (Windpower Monthly, December 2003), it will buy solar, geothermal, ocean, wind and biomass energy at a fixed rate of NT$2.0/kWh ($0.06/kWh) for ten years. Purchases are capped at 300 MW. Germany's InfraVest has applied to sell power from a 22.1 MW wind farm it is developing in Maoli county to Taipower under the program.
The fixed price tariff is seen as a stop-gap measure until parliament passes a renewable energy bill, expected to be in early in 2004. The government envisages up to 1500 MW of wind power capacity (10% of total power supply) operating on the island by 2020.