Minesto and National Taiwan Ocean University signs collaboration agreement

November 10, 2016

Leading ocean energy developer Minesto has today signed a collaboration agreement together with the Research Center for Ocean Energy and Strategies at National Taiwan Ocean University. The collaboration
will include installation and ocean testing of a scale model and research on Minesto’s unique technology Deep Green.
“This is a breakthrough on a market with substantial potential to Minesto”, says Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.

The collaboration agreement between Minesto and Research Center for Ocean Energy and Strategies (RCOES) was signed Thursday morning at a signing ceremony at the National Taiwan Ocean University in Keelung, Taiwan. Within the scope of the collaboration agreement, Minesto and RCOES will explore the potential for Minesto’s Deep Green technology in Taiwan.

 The collaboration will gradually increase in scale and scope, starting with the installation of a quarter scale Deep Green power plant at an existing RCOES test site in Keelung. This joint demonstration project will allow Minesto and RCOES to perform long-term testing of the Deep Green technology in Taiwanese tidal streams.

“We are delighted to have come to this agreement with the RCOES. This is an important milestone in the commercialisation of the Deep Green technology and a breakthrough on a market with substantial potential to Minesto”, says Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto. “For successful local commercialisation of a marine energy technology such as ours, it is very important that local research expertise get the opportunity to research and verify the technology. That research will also make a significant contribution to the further technology development of the Deep Green concept”. 

As a second phase of the collaboration between Minesto and RCOES, potential sites for commercial scale installation of the Deep Green technology will be developed. Considerable progress in this have already been made, as some potential test sites have been identified. At these sites, Deep Green would be exploiting low-velocity, continuous ocean currents. What makes Taiwan a high-interest market to Minesto is that Deep Green could be deployed in both tidal streams and continuous ocean currents. Studies show that the combined local potential of tidal and ocean currents could satisfy as much as 50 per cent of Taiwan’s future electricity demand.

“To expand into the low-velocity ocean current resource with a power plant in commercial scale will make an outstanding demonstration of the uniqueness and potential of the Deep Green technology”, says Dr Martin Edlund.

For RCOES, the collaboration with Minesto will allow them to develop expertise in ocean energy test site operations, including infrastructure build-up. It also presents the opportunity to conduct applied research on a novelty marine energy technology.

Professor Jiahn-Horng Chen is Systems Engineering and Naval Architecture at National Taiwan Ocean University and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Ocean Energy and Strategies:

“We see great opportunities for RCOES and the development of ocean energy in Taiwan in this collaboration with Minesto. To us, it is of highest interest to develop methods and best practises on renewable electricity production from the rich ocean resource which surrounds Taiwan. This collaboration has a tremendous opportunity to, in the long-term, be a significant part in a sustainable transition of the energy system in Taiwan”, says Professor Chen.

Mr Henrik Persson, representative of Business Sweden in Taiwan, added:

“Promoting economic relations between Sweden and Taiwan is best done by creating and fostering cooperation between different stakeholders; private business, decision makers and academic institutions. I am very happy – and indeed proud – to witness today the signing of a collaboration agreement between Minesto and RCOES. At Business Sweden, we look forward to provide any necessary support for this partnership to be successful.”

For additional information please contact: 

Dr Martin Edlund
CEO, Minesto AB
+46 31 29 00 60
press@minesto.com 

Magnus Matsson
Communications Manager, Minesto AB
+46 70 570 75 08
magnus.matsson@minesto.com 

Professor Jiahn-Horng Chen
Deputy Director, Research Center for Ocean Energy and Strategies
+886 2 24622192
b0105@mail.ntou.edu.tw 

About Minesto

Minesto is a marine energy technology company whose mission is to minimise the global carbon footprint of the energy industry by enabling commercial power production from low velocity tidal and ocean currents.

Minesto’s award winning and patented product, Deep Green, is the only proven marine power plant that operates cost efficiently in areas with low velocity currents.

In May 2015, Minesto secured a €13m investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh European Funding Office, for the commercial rollout of Deep Green.

Minesto was founded in 2007 and has offices in Gothenburg, Sweden, Holyhead, Wales and Portaferry, Northern Ireland. The major shareholders in Minesto are BGA Invest and Midroc New Technology. G&W Fondkommission is Minesto’s Certified Advisor. Read more about Minesto at www.minesto.com 

Images of Minesto’s management team and Deep Green are available to download from Minesto’s website.

Follow Minesto on Twitter: @MinestoAB.

The information in this press release is such that Minesto AB (publ) shall announce publicly according to the EU Regulation No 596/2014 on market abuse (MAR). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 08:45 CET on 10 November 2016.