Lê Văn Lực. — Photo baohaiquan.vn Lê Văn Lực, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Electricity and Renewable Energy in Việt Nam tells Hải Quan (Customs) newspaper that it will take at least a decade for the nation to achieve full energy security Will you give us an overall picture of Việt Nam’s main energy resources? Việt Nam has had two major energy plans. The first, which was known as electricity plan VI, covered the period from 2006-2011 with a vision to 2025. The next one – plan VII – is for 2011-2020 with a vision to 2030. Two years ago, in 2016, the Prime Minister issued a decision to adjust plan VII. Việt Nam electricity comes from hydroelectric power plants, thermal power plants – including coal and gas turbine plants – renewable energy, nuclear energy and imported electricity. We hope with diverse sources of energy, Việt Nam will have energy … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s long road to energy security
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>> Power shortage may hurt industry and exports >> Warning: power shortages during dry season Power shortages have become one of the biggest barriers for investors doing business in Vietnam, experts said. Simon Andrews spoke on the sidelines of the VBF in Hanoi on May 27. “Some European firms have been discouraged from investing in Vietnam due to the power shortfall and major investment needed to build power plants,” head of the Infrastructure Working Group, Tony Foster, said at the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) 2011 in Hanoi on May 27. According to Mr. Foster, a lack of capital has exacerbated the country’s power thirst. “Vietnam is estimated to need as much as USD160 billion for investment in infrastructure by 2020, including power facilities. Of that sum, available sources can meet only USD100 billion,” he noted. In order to offset the shortfall, efforts should be made to stir up FDI investment, he added. How to boost power supply? … [Read more...] about Power shortage hinders investment into Vietnam
Powering on: unfathomable depths under the surface If you live in a place where the lights turn on with a flip of a switch, you might take electricity for granted. You might not think much of the technology, systems, networks, and government bodies that make power, and specifically electricity, possible. However, there is a great deal going on behind the light switch that you should be aware of because electricity is fundamental to modern life, it keeps us safe and healthy and helps economies around the world grow. As the World Bank reminds us, “Energy is inextricably linked to every other sustainable development challenge.” But today, there are still more than 1 billion people around the world who do not have access to electricity, and even more who do not have access to reliable electricity. As organisations and governments work together to improve access to electricity, the way we produce electricity is shifting. The fact is that the rapidly decreasing cost of renewable … [Read more...] about GE’s ultra supercritical technology transforms Malaysian energy scene
Digital solutions aim to reduce power costs, boost performance, and lower emissions. GE’s Digital Power Plant for Steam delivers innovative solutions to coal plant operators, helping to increase performance and reduce costs GE’s Digital Power Plant for Steam helps plant operators make smarter decisions about how to optimally run their power plants. A coal plant is complex – with varying fuel types, fluctuating grid demand, aging facilities, and requires five times more equipment than a combined cycle power plant. All of these factors mean the job of a coal plant operator is far from simple, and more flexibility is required to ensure the plant achieves its best possible performance in terms of output, efficiency, and equipment reliability, while still comply with emissions limits. Adding to this complexity, the objectives of the operator might also change over time. For example, they may need to keep fuel consumption as low as possible and protect the life time … [Read more...] about The digital revolution transforms power plant
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese officials disagree with experts about the danger that coal power plants could bring, saying that power plants are safe if necessary operation procedures are followed. The work by a research team from Harvard University on the possible impact on human health by the increased emissions from coal pointed out that 4,300 Vietnamese die young every year because of reasons related to coal power plants.The researchers warned that the coal emissions in Vietnam would increase three times by 2030, which would cause 25,000 deaths every year. The figures were put into discussion at the workshop on coal power plant development held by GreenID (Green Innovation and Development Center) representing VSEA (Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance) in late September 2015. However, Ngo Duc Lam, former director of the Technique Safety Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), said that it is necessary to consider the figures thoroughly, noting that these were … [Read more...] about How dangerous are coal power plants?