Renewable energy products launched at expo
By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily
David Lian, engineer at GE, introduces a wind turbine model at Enertec Expo 2012 opening on Wednesday - Photo: Van Nam
HCMC – Over 100 pavilions showcasing energy-saving solutions and renewable energy products opened on Wednesday at the International Exhibition on Products, Technologies of Energy Saving & Green Power, shortly called Enertec Expo 2012.
The event is hosted by the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade in coordination with HCMC Power Corporation. The four-day event will wrap up this Saturday at the Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Center in HCMC’s Tan Binh District.
According to Le Van Khoa, deputy director of the HCMC trade department, renewable energy development is now an inevitable trend as other energy sources are being depleted.
It is forecast that Vietnam will fall short of energy in 2015 or 2020. Energy shortage will certainly affect daily life and production activities.
Therefore, Khoa stated it was time to encourage everyone to save energy and develop renewable eco-friendly energy sources.
Le Manh Ha, vice chairman of the HCMC government, said the city had just launched a program called “Green energy”.
The municipal trade department will take charge of deploying this program. Energy-saving practices must be first adopted at State agencies, and later at large-scale production facilities and households.
Energy saving is not simply turning off the lights or electric devices. Energy-efficient equipment must be used in construction of State offices, Ha said.
According to a survey of the Daily at Enertec Expo 2012, local and foreign producers expressed confidence in the renewable energy product consumption in the coming time.
David Lian, engineer of the U.S.-based General Electric Company (GE), said Enertec Expo 2012 offered great chances for GE to seek new customers, introduce wind power items, and supply wind turbines to the wind power projects in Vietnam in the future.
At present, GE is installing wind turbines for a wind power project in Bac Lieu. The first offshore wind turbines is set for inauguration late this month
Meanwhile, Bach Khoa Investment and Development Solar Energy Co. (Solar BK) brings to the exhibition several models of solar powered water heaters. A 280-liter water heater is priced at some VND27 million, according to Solar BK.
It is forecast that by 2015 around 422,900 households in HCMC will use solar water heaters, saving some 672 million kWh of electricity each year. There are currently over 65 solar water heater producers in Vietnam.