Kaohsiun (CNA) -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday that developing hydrogen energy will be one of her future administration's strategic options for achieving the goal of phasing out nuclear power.
Tsai made the remarks while addressing the International Conference on Hydrogen Energy in Kaohsiung.
The conference is the first of its kind having been held in the southern city, which is very meaningful for both Kaohsiung and Taiwan, she said.
In recent years, she said, Kaohsiung has undergone many changes, and green energy-related industries have enjoyed very good development there.
According to Tsai, the hydrogen economy is an important direction for promoting Kaohsiung's industrial transformation.
Also, because Japan currently holds the world's largest number of patents related to hydrogen energy technology, it will be crucial for Taiwan to cooperate with Japan in developing hydrogen energy, she said.
After the speech, Tsai went to see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles exhibited at the conference, including a Toyota Mirai.
According to Hotai Motor Co., Toyota's distributor in Taiwan, the Mirai has hit the markets in Japan, California, Germany, France, Belgium and Denmark but has not been introduced to Taiwan due to legal restrictions.
(By Chang Che-fon, Tien Yu-pin and Y.F. Low)