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Vietnam wants to develop high-tech wind power plants

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Renewable energy, especially wind power, is believed to be the solution to Vietnam’s increasingly high demand for power.

Fifty wind power projects have been registered in Vietnam so far, but only four of them, with the total capacity of 159.2 MW, have been put into commercial operation.

According to the World Bank, Vietnam has thevgreatest potential in the region in developing wind power. Vietnam’s wind power reserves are estimated at 513.360 MW, or six times higher than the total electricity capacity by 2020.

The bank’s research found that 8.6 percent of Vietnam’s mainland area has great potential, favorable for the installation of large-scale turbines.

While Vietnam has just started to develop wind power, the world has gained great success in the field. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the total wind power capacity in the world has reached 432.42 GW by the end of 2015, an increase of 17 percent over 2014 and higher than nuclear power capacity.

By early 2016, General Electric (GE) had spent $2 billion on wind power research and development. 

The conglomerate now utilizes digital technology in renewable energy and wind power. With ‘digital twins’, GE Renewable Energy can find the positions which can receive biggest power before installing turbines in the field. This approach can help increase the capacity of each wind power farm by 20 percent, or $100 million in each life cycle of a 100 MW farm.

With special wind turbine technology, GE offers many solutions to improve economic efficiency for plants. Its propeller manufacturing technology is also very advanced, thanks to propellers that cause less noise, have lighter weight and bring higher efficiency.

To date, GE has installed 30,000 wind turbines with total capacity of 50 GW in 35 countries. In Vietnam, it has a turbine factory in Normura industrial zone in Hai Phong City. Besides 60Hz wind power generators and equipment for export to North America, the factory also makes 50Hz generators for Vietnam.

Experts said Vietnam now has big opportunities to speed up the program on wind power development with GE renewable energy technology under the MOU between GE and Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) signed during US President Obama’s visit to Vietnam.

GE and MOIT decided that at least 1,000 MW of wind power would be provided by 2025, enough for 1.8 million people. A part of the MOU has been realized by the signing of a cooperation agreement between GE and Mainstream Renewable Power on the implementation of some wind power plants in Vietnam.

In mid-November 2016, GE, Mainstream Renewable Power and Phu Cuong Group signed a cooperation agreement on the building and operation of the 800MW Phu Cuong project in Soc Trang province.



Source:  VietNamNet

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