Wind turbines are considered the largest machines in the world and they are an essential source of energy for nations that want to decarbonize and achieve their green energy industry goals. However, the installation of these giant machines – and those that will follow – could be slowed by a global shortage of transport vessels capable of installing the next era of offshore wind turbines. Knowing all this, Taiwan threw Green Jade, its first offshore wind installation vessel.
A launching ceremony was held recently in Kaohsiung for the “Green Jade”, Taiwan’s first floating heavy transport and offshore wind installation vessel. Indeed, this sets a milestone for the local shipbuilding industry. What marked the occasion even more was the fact that the ship itself was built by the natives of the country.
The ceremony marked the transfer of the Green Jade to the water for the first time. As a result, the president of the company that built the ship specified that the ship should be fully operational in the spring of 2023.
Additionally, the company executive disclosed that the vessel is the first to be engineered, engineered and built in the country capable of transporting and installing massive multi-megawatt offshore wind turbines and other components. He said he will serve a few offshore wind projects in Taiwan.
The builders of Gren Jade said the 216.5 meter long vessel, with a 4,000 metric ton crane capacity and DP3 (dynamic positioning) capability, was named after the Taiwan’s highest peak, Yushan (Jade Mountain). This reflects Green Jade’s intended contributions to bringing clean and green energy to Taiwan.
At the launch ceremony, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang called the launch of Green Jade a “milestone” for Taiwan’s ability to develop a green energy industry. Su said with 16 of the world’s 20 most ideal wind sites in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan will benefit from the breakthroughs that will come with Green Jade to help the country move closer to its 2050 net-zero emissions commitment.
According to the Global Offshore Wind Speed Rankings, the top six offshore wind sites under development or in use with the fastest wind speeds are in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northwest Africa. . However, 15 of the following 20 maximum wind speeds are in the Taiwan Strait.
Speaking at the ceremony, the project director said there were only a handful of vessels whose specifications could match Green Jade, and they tended to be moored in Europe before to be deployed worldwide. Given these circumstances, the establishment of a Taiwanese native vessel was a significant achievement as it could serve other Asian countries in the future, Kanaar said.
Green energy is good news for Taiwan’s digital transformation. Not only does this mean more energy produced, but it also speaks to cleaner energy that would be helpful in the country’s fight against climate change. More importantly, it means a better healthy environment for Taiwanese people and for everyone on the planet.
This shows Taiwan’s great leadership potential in the green energy sector. The prospects of this can bolster its candidacy as a digital powerhouse in the region and globally. Already, it has strengthened its role as an ICT hub in Asia. This should give the island nation a better chance of bolstering its key semiconductor industry as robots and self-driving cars become a mainstay of the automotive industry, as OpenGov Asia reports.