Sending a signal to developers and policymakers that it will be ready for early projects in Taiwan, MHI Vestas signed its fifth memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with TECO and The Switch for the delivery of generator products.
The company also confirms that its 9-MW turbine platform will be typhoon-ready in 2020, in time for all offshore wind projects in the market.
Regarding the MOU signing, MHI Vestas Co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said, “Signing the MOU today with industrial leaders TECO and The Switch is a very important step for us in the roll out of our localization plan. We have been quite impressed with their capabilities and very much look forward to advancing our discussions with them.”
Added Sophia Chiu, TECO chairman, “TECO has been engaged in wind power for years, mainly for producing onshore wind turbine generators. Only via local assembly of wind turbines by system manufacturers in Taiwan can a local supply chain be established, leading to the localization of related technology, manufacturing, and maintenance capabilities. Together with our partners, TECO will target not only Taiwan but also other global markets, including Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and Asia-Pacific markets.”
In addition to the MOU signing, MHI Vestas’ technology will be ready for the harsh conditions in Taiwan, the company states.
“From a technology point of view, we’re proud to announce that our 9-MW turbine platform will be typhoon ready by 2020, putting us in a leading position for the early projects in Taiwan and ensuring that our turbine will be ready for the demanding Taiwanese site conditions,” Krogsgaard said.
Working closely with customers and DNV GL as the certifying body, MHI Vestas states that it will input the region’s harsh typhoon conditions into the design and development process.
“Both of these announcements today underscore our growing activity and firm commitment to the Taiwan offshore wind market,” Krogsgaard said. “We are extremely proud to be a part of Taiwan’s clean energy transition.”
These announcements from MHI Vestas follow the recently announced grid award and are just ahead of a substantial competitive auction in Taiwan.