Date: November 25, 2016
State-run Taiwan Sugar Corp., one of the nation’s largest agricultural enterprises, established Nov. 16 a
biogas utilization division, marking a significant milestone in the company’s efforts to boost renewable energy production.
According to Taisugar President Charles Huang, the new unit will enhance the firm’s competitiveness and profitability while helping it fulfill its corporate environmental responsibility. The company’s long-term goal is to spin off the division into a subsidiary that could offer related technologies and services to other organizations in the domestic and regional markets, he told lawmakers during a committee meeting at the Legislative Yuan Nov. 21 in Taipei City.
Headquartered in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City, Taisugar has diversified in recent decades into such fields as biotechnology, ecotourism and floriculture. It also runs the largest pig farming business in the country, operating 19 locations that produce about 380,000 hogs annually.
Taisugar has to date installed biogas-powered generators at four of its pig farms in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County. Although they produce electricity, these devices are primarily designed to protect the environment by consuming methane, according to a project manager with the company. [FULL STORY]