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
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
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
“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
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.
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