“Solar Energy and Climate Change” Seminar in Ho Chi Minh

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REACT partners at Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities organised a seminar “Solar Energy and Climate Change” in the Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies on September 14th, 2017.
The seminar was delivered by Prof. Michiko Yoshii from Okinawa University in Japan and participants included representatives of the Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, the Department of Natural Resources and Energy, the Department of Water Resources, Minerals and Meteorology, the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment from Binh Duong Province, Dong Thap Province and Ho Chi Minh, as well as lecturers and students from the Department of Urban Studies from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.


Prof Yoshii’s presentation was structured around three main axis: a detailed explanation of the “wireless home” model, introduction of similar models implemented in Vietnam, and the ability to popularize this model in Vietnam. The representatives of the Natural Resources and Energy departments expressed great interest in this “wireless home” model, and mentioned that building a solar power system is one of the requirements for provinces and cities in the framework of the 2020 National Policy. However they expressed concerns that the cost of installing such a system would not be suitable for the general conditions of the people.
The seminar provided an opportunity for the participants to contemplate on how people are increasingly relying on technology and electricity. Soon there should be cost-effective solutions so we can move towards more sustainable development in harmony with nature.