Background and mission

The recent restart of the Taichung (coal-fired) Power Plant Unit 2 has created some concerns about power shortages and air pollution, along with the best ways to save energy. According to the Taiwan Power Company, Taiwan’s electricity consumption on June 24, 2020 came to 37,169.5 MW, setting a new record. How can the government mobilize its citizens to save electricity and reduce peak loads to achieve the goal of reducing thermal or nuclear power plants?

Share your idea!

Do you have an idea to support energy savings in Taiwan that is practical, sustainable, and scalable? Share it with us! We welcome proposals focusing on the following 2 options:

Challenge option 1

Provide innovative ideas to increase electricity supply and decarbonize Taiwan’s power sector

Challenge option 2

Present solutions to reduce energy demand/consumption in Taiwan

Challenge option 1

Strengthening the Taiwanese power infrastructure to minimize electricity shortages and air pollution.

Challenge option 2

Saving electricity and reducing peak loads to achieve the government’s goal of reducing thermal or nuclear power plants.

Challenge option 3

Innovative energy-saving methods in daily life for citizens, households, local authorities, and infrastructure providers.

Supervising partners

Taoyuan City Government
Taiwan Power Company

Co-organizing partners

Taoyuan Economic Development Department
Secretariat of Taoyuan City Government
Taoyuan Environmental Protection Department
Taoyuan Youth Affairs Department

Awards and incentives

Winners will receive the following cash prize to further cultivate their proposal to help address energy savings in Taiwan.

Criteria

The content is open to two (2) groups.

Elite group

  • Open to all who are interested in this challenge
  • We especially welcome technical experts and researchers in the energy sector
  • Can sign up as a group or individual

Student group

  • Secondary and tertiary level students
  • Can sign up as a group or individual but to be led by a teacher/ instructor.

3 Steps and GO!

Before submitting your entry, review the checklist below.

Check Project Template to structure your proposal

Check Submission Manual to review the rules and regulations for your submission

Submit all documents to [email protected]

Timeline

Submission period

March 11th to end of August

Briefing
session

March

Online
workshops

April & May

Finalists announced

Late September

Awards ceremony

Mid October

Submission period

February 4th to end of August

Briefing
session

March

Shortlisted finalists announcement

Early May

Awards ceremony

May / June

Grading Standards

Judgement process

Preliminary review: (provisional on September 6th-10th)
  1. The organizer conducts a preliminary qualification review on the content of the participating projects.
  2. If the projects are not submitted in accordance with the prescribed schedule, or the format/participants does not meet the regulations, it will be deemed as a failed submission.
Secondary review: (provisional on September 13th-17th)

The judges select 5 participants from both elite and student group to enter the final. 

Final: (on the morning of the award ceremony)
  1. Those who enter the final must be present on the morning of the award ceremony to give an on-site briefing (approximately 5-6 minutes) and Q&A (approximately 2 minutes) before the judges.
  2. The ranking will be announced at the award ceremony according to the decision of the judges.

FAQ

  • Should I join a team to participate in the challenge?
    No, you can participate as a group or individual.
  • Can the same team submit multiple proposals?
    No, each team can only choose 1 challenge option and submit (one) 1 proposal.
  • Can someone be a part of more than one group?
    No, one person can only join up to one group.

  • Are there any restrictions on the submitted files?
    Please submit as a PDF file. Mail attachment limit is 25MB. If your proposal is over 25MB, please provide a cloud link.

  • Preliminary review: (provisional on September 6th-10th)
    1. The organizer conducts a preliminary qualification review on the content of the participating projects.
    2. If the projects are not submitted in accordance with the prescribed schedule, or the format/participants does not meet the regulations, it will be deemed as a failed submission.
  • Secondary review: (provisional on September 13rd-17th)
    The judges select 5 participants from both elite and student group to enter the final. 
  • Final: (on the morning of the award ceremony)
    1. Those who enter the final must be present on the morning of the award ceremony to give an on-site briefing (approximately 5-6 minutes) and Q&A (approximately 2 minutes) before the judges.
    2. The ranking will be announced at the award ceremony according to the decision of the judges.

  • Who owns the intellectual property rights of my team’s submitted work?
    All the materials and achievements (such as plans, briefings, finished products, etc.) that you generate from the competition belong to your participating team. GE will not use it for profit or other purposes.

  • Are the scores and awards of the student group and the elite group separated?
    Yes, the scores and awards of the two groups are separated. We will choose TOP 3 for each group, and additional 10 special prizes for students.

  • How will the organizers handle our personal data for this challenge?
    We will comply with the "Personal Data Protection Act" and only collect, process and use the personal data of the participating team members within the scope of this challenge . Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

About GE

Together, we are working to build advanced, sustainable solutions for Taiwan.

GE has played an important role in supporting the development of Taiwan since 1976. Today, GE's footprint in Taiwan includes ten offices across eight locations—including more than 450 employees in Taipei—in the Healthcare, Aviation, and Power businesses.

In Taiwan, GE is playing a key role in helping the country achieve its energy goals and is committed to working closely with local partners such as Taiwan Power Company (TPC).

GE and TPC’s relationship dates back to 2016, when the leading state-owned electricity provider awarded GE its first major project in Taiwan in 2016, for the Datan 7 plant in Taoyuan.

In Feb 2019, GE’s latest HA technology was selected for TPC’s new Datan 8 & 9 combined-cycle power plant.

In Sept 2020, GE was selected as the successful bidder for the 6,500 megawatt (MW) Hsinta and Taichung combined cycle power plants initiated by TPC. GE will be working together with its local consortium partner, CTCI Corporation, to engineer, manufacture, and commission the combined cycle blocks which are planned to begin commercial operation in phases from 2024.

The Hsinta and Taichung projects will be GE’s fourth HA gas turbine project in Taiwan and is an integral part of the country’s energy development plan.

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