|Taiwan and Norway, the perfect marriage for Solar Industry|
| [21.12.2011, 04:50pm, Wed. GMT]|
|Taiwan may prove a worthy partner for Norway’s up-stream operators and start-ups in the solar industry.
The December 05 business seminar in Oslo co-organized by the NHO, the Norway Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and the Taipei Representative Office and participating business leaders evaluated Taiwan’s solar industry and the potential opportunities it has to offer Norwegian solar industry. The conclusion to the meeting is there is a strong potential for cooperation in the solar industry field.In her conclusion at the seminar, the President of the Norway Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Ivy Liu, suggested the Norwegian solar industry should form a Solar Alliance and participate in the Solar Taiwan-2012. Mrs. Liu proposed meetings next June and PV Taiwan Forum -2012 in next October, thereby meeting with Taiwanese and international top-level business leaders. There is a need for identifying opportunities for strategic alliance, engaging in on-site visits, and arranging business meetings with international partners and potential customers. Taiwan’s solar industry stands as the second largest in the world, next to China. As Norway’s solar industry is currently facing serious challenges in the wake of the financial crisis, Taiwan’s business partnership is worthy of serious consideration.
Taiwan’s strong semi-conductor and TFT-LCD industries have accumulated an invaluable wealth of experience and production technologies, which may be easily transformed into solar industry. This would allow for efficient, fast creations of many giant-scale factories in the solar industry. Though Taiwan does not have vertical integration in the industry—focusing more on the mid-stream and down-stream of the industry, Norway’s up-stream innovation and technology may find a perfect fit in Taiwan’s solar production chain. Instead of just selling its patented “know-how,” to Norwegian start-ups there is hope for a Taiwan –Norway joint venture. In short, Norway’s solar tech strength lies where Taiwan has its greatest need – and vice versa.
Norway is strong in high-tech innovation but commercializing its patented expertise is quite another story. In terms of solar industry, Taiwan’s strong engineering capability plus the Norwegian “know-how” may be a wonderful mix—a synergy pursued by any joint venture.
Participants of the seminar included Intpow, RCN, and sectoral business representatives from Conpart AS, Elkem AS, CleanSi, Artech, etc.
Above all, you might find it interesting to confer with the Taipei Representative Office in Norway, (Taiwan’s trade and representative government unit in Norway, tel. 23111730 – by the Representative, Mr. Victor Yu).