Taiwan’s ambition to transition to a more sustainable energy supply will see over 5GWs of offshore wind capacity constructed between 2019-2025. While there is a goal of installing around 1,000 turbines along the island’s west coast, the potential harm to marine life through noise pollution is a major factor which needs to be considered. Working with sub-contractors and partners, Atlas Copco have co-created an innovative and sustainable solution to counteract the noise pollution. The solution uses portable, 100% oil-free air compressors that create a ‘bubble-curtain’ around the construction site. This solution has reduced noise pollution by up to 90%.
By applying what is already a standard approach in Europe, Taiwan is actively demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development of the wind-industry. Atlas Copco has been awarded projects to supply oil-free air for bubble curtains during phase 2 construction of the Formosa 1 project. Additionally, Atlas Copco is supplying generators on one of the installation vessels which provides temporary power during the wind turbine installation period.