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Taiwan aims to become Asia’s green building hub

TAIWAN: As Taiwan pushes hard to make its buildings more eco-friendly, homegrown companies are developing new technologies to help realise that vision.

Green Energy Technology, Taiwan’s largest solar wafer manufacturer, has made breakthroughs with its latest product. Its new solar panel should help boost the island’s solar energy supply, by overcoming constraints of land and space.

Traditionally, solar panels are made of glass and installed on the ground or rooftops, but the new panel can also be used to cover the exterior of a building.

“Without using glass, it can be molded into different shapes and designs, including construction materials. For instance, we can place the panels on the exterior of buildings, because it’s much lighter,” said the company's president Swean Lin.

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