Quantum technology and green energy research hub in South Taiwan advanced
(OpenGov.Asia) recently reports on a recent announcement by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen to sdvance research capabilities and industrial transformation in southern Taiwan. Inside Quantum Technology summarizes below:
President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the government is advancing research capabilities and industrial transformation in quantum technology and clean energy. It’s part of her government’s efforts to build the country into a hub of quantum technology and green energy, a long-term commitment that Taipei is bound to keep.
Last year, Shalun has been chosen as the centre for advanced technology. The southern city of Tainan plays a vital role in Taiwan’s advanced technology development, Tsai said. This is evidenced by the establishment of Academia Sinica South Campus (ASSC) facilitating regional public-private cooperation, she added.
Launched in 2020, the campus boasts 11 agricultural biotechnology laboratories. Those numbers are just for starters. Tsai expounded that greater things await the southern campus. The top Taiwan research teams specializing in key areas such as human and social sciences, environmental change and quantum technology are expected to relocate to the ASSC upon completion of construction in 2026.
Academia Sinica, Latin for “Chinese Academy” is the national academy of Taiwan founded in 1928 that supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences to life sciences, and to humanities and social sciences. The South Campus has been established specifically to maximize research capacity and promote innovative research.
In December last year, it was announced that Taiwan will set aside an NT$8 billion (US$288 million) budget for the development of quantum computing technology. It’s a sizable sum but the advantages should be well worth it. Plus, to advance the goal, a task force has been formed for the implementation of the five-year initiative between 2022 and 2026. At that time, Shalun has already been chosen as the research and development site of the technology.
As for green energy, Taiwan plans to generate 20% of its energy from renewable energy by 2025, up from 5% in 2020. The overall policy calls for significantly less coal, more LNG, increased renewables and a “nuclear-free homeland”.