U.K. and Taiwan collaborate on smart grid


Truro, England and Taipei, Taiwan — (METERING.COM) — November 8, 2012 – A Protocol of Collaboration has been signed between Cornwall Council in the U.K. and Penghu County Government in Taiwan to exchange information and cooperate with the aim of jointly promoting research and development efforts in the areas of smart grids, renewable energy and enabling technologies.

The initiative has been spearheaded by Dr Jonathan Adey, a senior officer from Cornwall Council, who earlier this year was awarded a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to help Cornwall Council share knowledge and build partnerships with international public and private sector organizations in Europe and the Far East. He is using his grant to travel to Taiwan, South Korea and Japan to work with international organizations at the leading edge of developing renewable and smart grid technologies.

“Cornwall is very pleased to collaborate with Penghu in rolling out smart grid technologies that will ultimately help us take forward our renewable energy aspirations,” said Adey. “This collaboration will include the development of smart grid technologies, smart grid technology standards research, power distribution networks, energy storage R&D research, renewable energy and low carbon technology research, bilateral industry alliance collaboration, etc., with the aim of stimulating collaboration and development between universities, research institutes and companies engaged in the Penghu Low Carbon island and Smart Cornwall projects.”

The signing of the Protocol took place during the UK Smart Grid mission to Taiwan from November 5-8. It was witnessed by David Campbell, director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan, and Shi-Lin Chen, vice president of the Taiwan Smart Grid Industry Association

The aim of the mission, which was led by Robert McNamara, executive director of SmartGrid GB, was to establish industry and academic links with Taiwan to develop smart grid technology and business opportunities.

Through the Smart Cornwall initiative Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly plan to deploy a smart grid county-wide. Funding for the project has been received from the EU (about £500 million). As a first step a smart grid test bed is being commissioned in Wadebridge, a community of 10,000 which generates renewable energy.