Ørsted Taiwan launches Sustainable Innovation Accelerator to supercharge offshore wind growth, foster talent

Ørsted Taiwan today (18) launched the Sustainable Innovation Accelerator (SIA) in collaboration with the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), calling for innovative ideas and proposals that address challenges in the offshore wind industry. The shortlisted entries will receive activation funds and guidance from offshore wind experts to mature and optimise their proposals. The winning teams could receive a prize of up to NTD 500,000 and the submission deadline is until April 30.  

Christy Wang, Chairperson of Ørsted Taiwan, says, “Since 2019, Ørsted has been awarding Green Energy Scholarships for four consecutive years. A total of 36 outstanding students, supported by the scholarship, have completed their studies, and some have joined the green energy industry and academic fields, becoming a driving force for Taiwan's offshore wind development. 

This year, we are further upgrading the programme by introducing the Sustainable Innovation Accelerator, expanding eligibility and participation forms. We encourage students from high school, vocational school, college (including master's and doctoral programs), as well as individuals from society to propose innovative ideas related to wind farm technology and sustainability. Ørsted will provide resources and professional guidance to help implement excellent award-winning proposals, continuing to drive green energy innovation and growth momentum for Taiwan's offshore wind industry.”

Lai Yung-hsiang, President of MIRDC, says, “MIRDC has long been actively promoting the development of Taiwan's offshore wind industry, with the aim of establishing independent technology and research and development capabilities for the industry. We believe that the Sustainable Innovation Accelerator competition will contribute to the cultivation of outstanding talent and help them accumulate skills and practical experience. Furthermore, it is the aim to leverage local resources to assist in the continued development of Taiwan's offshore wind sector.”

Building on the success of the previous edition of the programme focusing on individual and academic research, this enhanced initiative targets interested participants to join in teams comprised of 2-5 people. Participants are encouraged to share their innovative ideas regarding technology and service from development, construction to operations of the wind farm lifecycle. Proposals can also address how to make the offshore wind industry more sustainable from social, economic and environmental perspectives.

The programme will be conducted in four stages:

  • Submission: Now until April 30
  • Preliminary review: End of May
  • Mentoring session: July-August
  • Final award: October

For detailed information, contact and programme explanatory sessions, please visit the Ørsted Sustainable Innovation Accelerator page or contact MIRDC via mandychou@mail.mirdc.org.tw and (02)2711-3035.