Analysis of Low Carbon Power Infrastructure of Taiwan

Shyi-Min Lu; Ching Lu; Falin Chen; You-Ren Wang; Kuo-Tung Tseng; Li-Wen Hsu; Pu-Ti Su
March 2013
Low Carbon Economy;Mar2013, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Global warming that is caused by GHG emissions is by far the most important issue faced by humanity. The "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Committee (IPCC)" and Taiwan's government have developed carbon dioxide emissions standards for 2025 and 2030 respectively. The generation of carbon dioxide in power generation is the greatest source of GHG in Taiwan. Based on a variety of data on Taiwan's energy use and the power development plan that have been announced by the BOEMOEA (Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs), this study presents seven power generation scenarios for Taiwan in the years 2025 and 2030 that involve 12 classes of power plants. A program for analyzing the low-carbon power infrastructure of Taiwan is developed to analyze the above seven scenarios to optimize the combination of power plants that can perform well in terms of performance indices--"generation", "emissions", "reserve capacity ratio", and "power generation cost". Reducing carbon emissions involves severe challenges. If by 2025 or 2030, the installed capacity of nuclear power plants cannot be increased to 22.4 GW by on-site-extension or fossil-fueled power plants with "carbon capture and storage (CCS)" technology fail to operate commercially, then no power generation scenario will reach the carbon abatement targets for those years.


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