Hoang Anh Tuan, director general, Vietnam Atomic Agency, tells Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) that Vietnam will only develop its nuclear energy when conditions are mature. Will you give us an overall picture of nuclear power development in the world? According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in May, there were 438 nuclear power reactors in operation world wide. Following the Fukushima incident in Japan in April 2011, many countries expressed concerns about the safety of nuclear plants. Germany even declared that by 2020 there would be no nuclear power plants in that country. However, in reality the number of nuclear power plants in operation following the Fukushima incidents remains almost the same. Nuclear energy now accounts for about 11per cent of energy consumption world wide - and energy demand is increasing. This is a strong indication that nuclear energy will keep developing. For example, following the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant incident in 1979, the United … [Read more...] about Vietnam plans nuclear power expansion
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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?
VietNamNet Bridge – A green economy does not mean a major trade-off between growth and sustainability, Tomaso Andreatta, chairman of EuroCham Green Growth Sector Committee, tells Viet Nam News reporter Mai Huong. There has been a lot of talk of late about green economy and green growth. What does a green economy look like and why should Viet Nam move towards it? A green economy is “sustainable”. It uses less energy and other resources than a conventional one, sparing air, water and land, minimising pollution, while contributing to preserving the environment and preventing climate change. A green economy is guided by the principles of livability for human beings, respecting the individual and society as a whole as well as protecting the fragile ecological balance. For Viet Nam, this also means implementing measures to reduce the impact of climate change, which is already increasing the cost of doing business across all industries, from farming and aquaculture to … [Read more...] about Green growth: not as expensive as you think