Energy Sustainability on an Offshore Island: A Case Study in Taiwan

Chia Yun Huang, Ting To Yu, Wei Min Lin, Kung Ming Chung, Keh Chin Chang

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This study determines the energy usage pattern for Penghu, which is an island in the Taiwan Strait, for which electricity is the major energy source. There is an increase in electricity consumption as the number of inhabitants and tourists increases. Water supply from desalination plants represents another major electricity demand. To reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, subsidy programs are used to encourage the use of LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances (air conditioners and refrigerators), but not for common appliances, such as chest freez-ers. Abundant solar radiation in summer and the northeast monsoon in autumn/winter make Penghu an ideal location to take advantage of solar energy and wind power. An undersea cable between Penghu and Taiwan is now available and can be used to stabilize the isolated grid system in Penghu. The target for a low-carbon island can be achieved by installing PV systems and onshore and offshore wind turbines to fulfill the energy demand for the tourism industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2258
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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