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France’s Renewable Energy Expert Visits Taiwan’s NCKU

After successful conclusion of COP21 in Paris, Senior Adviser of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs for Renewable Energies Jean Ballandras visited National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, on January 27, to explore possible collaboration between the university and France.

NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su extended her warm welcome to Ballandras. The university as a research sector allied with the city and the industry, said President Su, “In a way we are facilitating the transformation of the local industry around the central topic of green energy.”

Mr. Ballandras said, “We have plenty of issues in common in the field of renewable energy in terms of revolution and electrical mix to phase out the nuclear energy, develop the renewable energy to limit carbon emission.”

French people are facing the same issues, he added, “We are asking ourselves the same questions and expecting same kind of solutions so why not work together to devise interesting solutions that can benefit two countries.”

“If you want to replace nuclear energy, you must find huge amount of green resources,” he said, “And you cannot find it on land which makes offshore energy significant.”

In the university, President Su noted, “We have a research center for energy called RCETS which has established energy research teams by integrating faculties that focus on energy research and opening various energy courses."

The research center has carried out significant alternative energy research and industry-academia cooperation in the past decades.

The core technologies applied in the research areas are solar energy systems, offshore wind power systems, oxy-coal power generation systems, and microalgae biomass systems.

In France, the potential for the development of renewable energy sources is very high, according to Mr. Ballandras. Some technologies that have reached maturity, such as hydro-, wind and solar power, are competing with fossil fuels and nuclear energy in certain regions.

Ballandras also said, “The main purpose of us visiting NCKU is to develop mutual exchanges for the mutual benefits of the two countries and the students.”

“French Office in Taipei has developed capacities to help both sides to grow mutual proposition,” he added.

Ballandras had been appointed Senior Adviser of the French Foreign Affairs Minister for Renewable Energies in May 2015.

National Cheng Kung University
Sonia Chuang, +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042
NCKU News Center

Source: Business Wire (January 29, 2016 - 4:27 AM EST)

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