Alternative Energy in Taiwan and Taiwan's Energy Security

You know why they won’t put solar panels on rooftops? Because homeowners demand a rent of about say 3000nt a month from Taipower for each building.

Whereas you can rent an entire fen for 40,000nt a month from a farmland owner, which is a LOT more space.

What would you do in Taipower’s place? Remember you can’t just raise everyone’s utility price to compensate, because that’s set by the government.

So this is why. Unless the government does something like claim eminent domain over all rooftop, and installs them on every roof top, without compensation to building owners, this cannot work. We’d need socialism basically.

If you have about say 50 square meters of rooftop space, it generates about 50 x 250 = 12,500 watts. That’s on a GOOD sunny day.

That’s not a lot of energy to be honest with you.

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If only people were smarter, wasn’t that your point on nuclear?

You see the issue, right?

That aside, we get no rent for Taiwan Dian. Landlord paid for it. Taiwan pays per kw.

Again, the black or white issue. Its a slice. A removal of more pollution. Solar won’t run Taiwan. If it reaches 10%, you and everyone else should be fucking ecstatic.

Many factories, animal farms etc are not 5x10 meters. They are hundreds or thousands of square meters. Shaded. That they don’t need to spend vast expense to cool and ventilate with solar. The engineering side is really simple :slight_smile:

Can you Google something before saying something you made up?
Both nuclear and coal is being phased out in Germany for renewables.
There was a slight increase in coal usage during quick nuclear phase out, but not significant. The other increase was due to issues with Russia and that went down again as well. There were no plans to replace nuclear with coal.

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Reprocessing of Taiwan’s spent fuel was a thing until it was shut down by eco activists.
France and Japan run nuclear fuel reprocessing programs.

Japan’s nuclear reprocessing has been mired in controversies, delays, and massive cost overruns for years. It makes Nuke 4 in Taiwan look like a child’s toy.

Construction of the plant began in 1993 [in Japan] and was scheduled to be completed by 1997, but persistent troubles forced the timeline to be pushed back 24 times.

In 2017, it was discovered that the company failed to carry out necessary inspections on an area of the plant for 14 years, resulting in nearly a ton of rainwater pouring into a building housing an emergency diesel generator.

If it opens, the plant will be able to take up to 800 tons of spent fuel per year and extract about 8 tons of plutonium, which will be used to produce MOX fuel.

But the prototype reactor that had been slated to be the main recipient of the MOX fuel – the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture – is currently being decommissioned after experiencing a series of problems including a leakage of sodium coolant in 1995.

The total project cost of the Rokkasho plant, from construction to its eventual decommissioning, is estimated to be 13.9 trillion yen ($130 billion).

Source: Troubled nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Japan clears safety screening



And Japan is still pushing with it even after delays caused by Fukushima (likely due to China fears).
Japan is doing it to be self sufficient.

France did run reprocessing since 1976…

Since the launch of the site at La Hague in 1976, it has treated nearly 40,000 tonnes of radioactive material and recycled some into nuclear fuel that can be re-used. The waste that cannot be recycled is mixed with hardening slices of glass and buried for short-term storage underground.

Nuclear fuel reprocessing needs economies of scale to reduce the cost.
Perhaps Small modular reactors (SMR) will bring it.

The company also has said it will directly invest in a mixed uranium/plutonium oxide (MOX) plant to fuel its reactors from existing nuclear waste.

BTW did you ever wonder where the ash from Taiwan coal power plants goes? (I mean besides lungs of Taichung residents)

I tried to search for it but besides Tai Power trying to mix it in cheap filler concrete, not much was available.

Huffington Post wrote a comprehensive overview of Taiwan’s energy policy changes.
Did not see it referenced here.

While Nuclear Idles, New Fossil Fuel Plants Rise

Back in Taipei two days later, I met Hsu Hsin-hsin at the Legislature Building. With a prim bob of black hair and sea-green glasses, Hsu was an environmentalist and congressional staffer for the New Power Party, a minor progressive party. She had been living in Taichung, the industrial hub on Taiwan’s west coast, for a few years when she realized something was wrong. Her two kids, now in college, were constantly sneezing and sniffling. She might have brushed it off as allergies, but neighbors’ children had even worse symptoms.

“My friends’ kids have nosebleeds whenever they wake up,” Hsu said. “It doesn’t matter how much medicine they take.”

The problem, she said, was the air. Taichung’s coal-fired forges, factories and power plants spew tiny pollution particles into the air that easily penetrate cloth masks and lodge in lungs, where, over time, a growing body of peer-reviewed research has shown they trigger a range of diseases, from cancer and heart failure to erectile dysfunction and dementia.

Gas-fired plants produce similar air pollution, albeit less of it. Nuclear reactors generate none. Still, when asked if she supported the phaseout of nuclear energy, Hsu answered yes, noting that she is an environmentalist and she opposes creating more radioactive waste.

“The goal has been a no-nuclear homeland, so we have to use natural gas while we transition to 100% renewable energy,” Hsu said.

President of Korea remark which sounds like a dig at Taiwan’s coal powered semiconductor fabs.

“Nuclear power plants in the country will provide stable power supplies to the new chip cluster,” President Yoon Suk Yeol said at a townhall meeting announcing the government’s plans at Sungkyunkwan University’s Natural Science Campus in Suwon. “We are already witnessing overseas investment firms flocking in to explore potential business opportunities associated with the emerging chip cluster. This trend represents a continuation of last year’s record-breaking influx of foreign investments into the country.”

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Yes it’s the holidays. And yes the weather is pretty much perfect, so this is not easily reproducible. But it is a step forward, as this Focus Taiwan piece emphasizes.



Keep pressing, keep pushing, keep researching, keep developing. It’s a good track to stay on. Hopefully in our life time coal will be nothing but an emergency backup plan. Not good enough yet, but improving every decade by a lot!