DoIT focuses on electric vehicles and net-zero sustainable industries

Collaborate with manufacturers to incubate start-ups and business opportunities

TAIPEI, October 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (October 13) launched the Discovering Technology Treasures exhibition at the Innovation Pilot pavilion of the 2022 Innotech Expo in Taiwan. The exhibition, at Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1, showcases 80 innovative technologies that will lead to the transformation and upgrading of Taiwan industry. These technologies, focused on electric vehicles, net zero sustainability, biotechnology and medical care, were selected from hundreds of achievements in technology development programs led by 14 nonprofit R&D organizations, including ITRI, the Institute for the Information Industry and National Institutes of Health Research (INDH). These organizations will work with domestic and foreign companies, incubating start-up teams and establishing links with international markets, thus successfully carrying out a number of cooperation projects and creating new business opportunities for the industry.

Director General of DoIT Chiou Chyou-Huey pointed out that the 80 technologies presented at the Discovering Technology Treasures exhibition have two main characteristics. First, every year NT$10 billion is dedicated to innovative R&D in technology development programs. This investment takes advantage of existing technologies to create the basis for innovative technology, which will become an important driver of industrial development. These 80 technologies reflect trends in smart manufacturing, smart medical care and smart living, as well as new areas of innovation, which will benefit businesses in creating value. Second, these technologies will help, based on entrepreneurial thinking, to cultivate new industries that can spark start-ups and business opportunities.

The Powertrain and Chassis Integrated Control Unit (PCCU) developed by ITRI is on display in the exhibition area. This is Taiwan first example of a successful combination of a vehicle controller and a wired controller, and this technology serves as the basis for enabling electric vehicles to start smoothly. The technology has already been installed on electric buses in the north, center and south Taiwanand a new KopherBit was created to accelerate the development of the electric vehicle industry.

Besides the electric vehicle industry, the DoIT also reflects the global trend towards net-zero sustainability, with a particular focus on hydrogen energy, which is a strategic new resource in international energy. The DoIT supported ITRI’s investment in cost-effective anion exchange membrane electrolysis for green hydrogen production technology. This is part of developing the best solution for low-cost, high-yield hydrogen production. The hydrogen production power of a single module is 5 kW, and the hydrogen production cost is reduced by 30%, while the efficiency reaches 80%, doubling the production of competing international technologies.

Many other innovative technologies promoted by DoIT and showcased at Taiwan Innotech Expo will foster new business opportunities in the biotech and healthcare industries. The Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging (LSCI) system developed by NHRI is the world’s first blood flow imaging system that offers the largest irradiation area and high resolution. The innovative integration of laser optics optimization design and AI signal interpretation can help doctors assess patients’ blood circulation status in real time. This shortens treatment time by approximately 50% once burn patients are admitted to hospital. INDH is currently openly soliciting potential licensees for technology transfer, and the outstanding R&D specifications of this technology will pave the way for domestic manufacturers to further establish themselves in the international medical equipment market.

The Tech Innovation Excellence Awards are taking place for the first time this year. Of the 119 technologies submitted by teams around the world, three DoIT-supported teams won prizes, one won runner-up, and two other special prizes. The second prize was awarded to FlowVIEW Tek for its image-based automated fluid testing, which will have wide applications in advanced semiconductor manufacturing processes, battery power, and biopharmaceutical industries. This test technology will be particularly important as the semiconductor industry enters the 2nm era. The special prizes were awarded to Touche Solutions, which focuses on developing haptic solutions for human-machine collaboration, and NTU Strong-Wave Radio Technology (NTU SWaRT), which is a communication technology R&D team via millimeter wave satellite.

Over the past few years, the DoIT has repeatedly overcome technological bottlenecks to provide critical development momentum to the industry. The Discovering Technological Treasures exhibition will continue until October 15 at the World Trade Center, and up to October 20 on line. You are invited to visit and approach the different teams to discuss.

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SOURCE Taiwan Innotech Fair

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