Develop Smart and Green Energy Industries and assist in fulfilling non-nuclear policies
Compared with fossil fuels, nuclear power is a form of clean energy, but the waste generated by nuclear power development and its unknown potential risks are of great concern. In addition, due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident in 2011, countries started to reconsider the safety of nuclear energy. In light of this, President Tsai Ing-wen has put forward the development concept of a "non-nuclear homeland 2025". She hopes to gradually shift Taiwan away from nuclear power generation by finding alternative energy sources, improving power generation efficiency, energy conservation, industrial restructuring, and electricity liberalization.
According to the statistics of Taiwan power company in 2015, nuclear power generates approximately 14.1% of the electricity, and the total renewable energy is 4.1% (including hydropower 1.75%). If nuclear power is completely abolished in the future, without sufficient electricity generation ready to supplement, there will be a power gap.
Furthermore, the popularization of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation control will become the mainstream of future industrial development, and all countries must plan their future visions accordingly.
Therefore, Shalun Smart Green Science City encourages the private sector to invest in smart green energy technology R&D activities. By combining the joint green energy R&D center and the demonstration field space provided by the government together with the platform for green energy technology demonstration and verification, we hope to complement each other, accelerate commercialization and allow Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City to form a new international demonstration window and community for forward-looking technology R&D, as well as improve Taiwan’s smart and green energy industry.
Promote smart and green energy industries and develop innovative economic models based on existing industrial advantages
In regards to Taiwan lags behind the advanced countries in Europe and the United States regarding achievements in innovating Artificial intelligence and Green Energy industries, Taiwan's industrial structure is mainly based on subcontracted manufacturing. The main reasons are as follows:
1.Parts of the smart and green energy industry chain are broken:
The development of forward-looking technology is unable to grasp the market opportunities, resulting in a slow industrial upgrade incapable of responding to the demands of the non-nuclear green energy policy, even in regards to generating wind power.
2.Insufficient international connections:
Technological innovation must be in line with global advanced technology. However, in past years, domestic industries have only paid attention to market expansion and cost reduction. As a result, the industrial technology and the R&D of smart and green energy forward-looking technology are not connected enough with advanced countries, resulting in insufficient energy for R&D and innovation of artificial intelligence and green energy.
3.Laws and regulations lag behind:
Industrial innovation must be fully supported by modern laws and regulations, however, Taiwan hasn’t kept pace with the times in terms of laws and regulations. As a result, a large number of technologies and talents are lost and capital investment is insufficient, which affects enterprises' willingness to research and develop artificial intelligence and renewable energy.
Therefore, Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City looks forward to transforming Taiwan’s economic growth into a development model driven by smart automation and green energy innovation.
Based on the strategy of "sustainability, innovation, and mutual benefit", utilize the international competitive advantages of Taiwan’s semiconductor and system integration and promote Taiwan's competitive artificial intelligence and green energy technologies, as well as help related industries to enter this smart and green energy industry with unlimited international business opportunities.
Focus on interdisciplinary forward-looking innovation technology, create an excellent R&D environment.
Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City is a government-funded park, which provides private enterprises with investment and construction of R&D buildings and related experimental R&D equipment. In addition, it combines relevant government resources and public facilities to create a favorable environment for the development of artificial intelligence and green energy industry R&D energy.
The district has a perfect plan for living functions. In addition to providing convenient services in food, clothing, housing, transportation, etc., it also has excellent living facilities such as business districts and bilingual schools. In the future, there will also be a single-window service management agency to unify the government’s relevant branches and local government service functions and thereby creating an excellent international community and environment for industrial technology R&D.
At present, the industries stationed focus on the R&D and pre-commercialization of forward-looking technologies in artificial intelligence and green energy industries, such as technology demonstration, verification, and trial production. The products also carry features demanded from the potential market such as:
1.Innovation: product disruption, alternative innovation or incremental innovation
2.Uniqueness: Have new features or novel designs with added value and are distinctive
3.Intelligence: intelligent product development with renewable energy concept
4.Convenience: Possess features of market universality and convenient use
In addition, support industries and functional services are also indispensable, such as a platform for Industry-academia, education and training, entrepreneurship and education institutions, logistics, technology verification centers, Green finance, and other single-window facilities and services.
By linking local science parks and industrial parks (as shown below) the Science City will become a new R&D community, which can strive for international green energy cooperation opportunities, invest in forward-looking technology in Taiwan, build a new international shopping window, strengthen the cooperation between domestic and international parks, and also solve the problem of having limited production capacity.
The plan to develop zone B, F and X by inviting enterprises to establish their own R&D centers will not only meet the different spatial needs of various industries, but also integrate the civic and governmental development resources of C, D, E as well as the adjacent public construction resources, which have complementary advantages and can accelerate the formation of smart green energy R&D industrial Cluster (R&D Cluster). In addition, by introducing a platform of interactive cooperative award mechanism for industry, education and research, single-window services, policy subsidies, various lucrative investment incentives, the Science City can attract investments from manufacturers.
Taiwan has a solid foundation of scientific R&D and high-quality talents. Over the years, Taiwan has been deeply engaged in the semiconductor and information and communication industries, as well as been committed to developments in the field of biotechnology and medicine. In the future, Taiwan has great development potential in fields such as artificial intelligence, intelligent medical care, and green energy resources, which will have a great impact on social development. Taiwan will concentrate its green energy R&D capacities in Shalun Science City, and integrate artificial intelligence technology into practical commercial application, which helps to enhance the innovation competitiveness of smart green energy industry and related scientific research energy.
The relevant ministries will cooperate with the Tainan Municipal Government to divide labor. Initial major constructions will be completed and put into operation as scheduled from 2019 to 2020. Although operation management and investment promotion planning have also begun, with hopes to seamlessly integrate and create a high-quality international R&D environment, however, if the overall development unit in charge is not clear and the management mechanism (legal person or company) is not legalized, it will affect the budget compilation and future implementation progress. Therefore, it is urgent to legislate and specify the main responsible authority as soon as possible.