Geothermal partnership to secure Taiwan's energy future

Media Release

23 February 2024

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We are joining forces with Taiwan's Geological Survey and Mining Management Agency (GSMMA) of Taiwan and National Cheng Kung University.

Together we will secure Taiwan's sustainable future through the power of geothermal.

Common ground and shared vision

Taiwan and New Zealand have many things in common. We share similarities in our geology, culture heritage, and perspectives on energy sovereignty.

Our governments and energy sectors are also transitioning towards renewable energy sources and striving to meet emissions-reduction targets.

With this common ground and shared vision for the future, GNS Science is proud to strengthen our connection by establishing an official commitment of cooperation with Taiwan's The Geological Survey and Mining Management Agency (GSMMA) and National Cheng Kung University.

Together we will grow and share geothermal knowledge and expertise - and accelerate progress toward a secure and sustainable energy future for Taiwan.

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On the 22nd February 2024, GNS and NCKU held an academic seminar and cooperation discussion to develop an MoU that is focused on growing talent and supporting geothermal field research.

Unlocking geothermal potential

Our collaboration recognises geothermal power is critical for the future security and sustainability of both nation's energy systems. As a reliable and renewable resource, we are collectively invested in research that helps harness the untapped potential in our landscapes.

The geological similarities between Taiwan and New Zealand is makes partnership particularly promising. By contributing what we know we can help Taiwan parallel the successful models and development that has established in New Zealand.

Geothermal Exploration Geologist, Andrew Rae represented GNS Science at both cooperation ceremonies. He said, "It is really exciting to be able to partner with, and help, both organizations develop Taiwan's geothermal resources. For us, this will push the boundaries of our knowledge on sedimentary geothermal systems similar to New Zealand."

Mark Gibson, Senior Business Development Manager at GNS Science, sees Taiwan's geothermal development goals aligning with historical trajectories of countries like Indonesia and the Philippines.

Taiwan is at a crucial juncture for development, much like Indonesia and the Philippines were in the 80s and 90s. GNS is ready to support Taiwan joining the "GW club" (gigawatt) by 2050.

Mark Gibson Senior Business Development Manager GNS Science
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New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner Tina Wilson and GNS Scientist Andrew Rae (Left), with delegates from Geology and Mining Center of the Ministry of Economic Affair signed a letter of intent for the development of bilateral geothermal exploration cooperation. Credit: Centre for Geology and Mining, Taiwan.

The letter of intent signed between GSMMA and GNS is a significant achievement towards future geothermal development collaborations in Taiwan.

Tina Wilson Trade Director New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office Taipei

Conference connecting the ring of fire

Our commitments to cooperation were made during the 2nd Taiwan International Geothermal Conference, which welcomed 800+ attendees from around the globe.

Andrew Rae, supported by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), addressed the conference and engaged with students and professors from the university's engineering and geology faculties. The visit also marked the beginning of discussions to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GNS and NCKU. 

Thanks to the instrumental support of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Trade Commissioner Tina Wilson and Business Development Manager, Peg Tsai, we also aligned with key stakeholders that will be crucial to the success of the collaboration.

During the same week, a letter of understanding was also signed between Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and New Zealand’s The University of Auckland’s Geothermal Institute. Both parties are committed to sharing knowledge, growing capability, developing together sustainable renewable energy solutions for Taiwan.

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