Optimal Analysis of Low-Carbon Power Infrastructure of Taiwan

Shyi-Min Lu
April 2013
Sustainable Energy;
The study assumes that CCS can be successfully applied on the coal-fired and gas-fired power generation in the future, then regardless of the existence of nuclear power, without the substantial expanding of renewables, and with the fossil fuel generation capacity close to the BAU scenario, the overall power and emission reduction objectives can be fully met, with the increase of power cost up to about 34%. This study concludes that CCS is the most economic and effective method for Taiwan to construct a low-carbon power infrastructure. However, the commercialization of CCS in the short-and-medium term is still a question, plus it is no doubt that Taiwan lacks fossil energy but reserves abundant resources of renewable energy. Even renewable energy cannot become power mainstream in the short-and-medium term, under the technology's progress and accumulation in the long-term, at end the renewables will overcome their short-comings of power instability and partially high price. In the view angle of national energy security, the development of renewable energy is an indispensable ring of Taiwan energy policy.


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