Vietnam, Germany enhance cooperation in renewable energy

At the working session between Vietnamese Embassy in Germany and GICON Group. (Photo: VNA)

NDO – Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu worked with German GICON Group for Technology Consultancy and Solutions on August 4 to discuss further cooperation in the development of renewable energy in Vietnam.

The working session was also a step to concretise the contents of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation that GICON and the Vietnam Petroleum Institute (VPI) signed on March 29.

Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu affirmed that Vietnamese Government has always given high priority to efforts to develop the energy industry in a sustainable manner towards the goal of maintaining national energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as supporting the close cooperation between GICON and VPI.

The Ambassador said that in the first six months of this year, renewable energy accounted for about 11.4% of Vietnam’s total national electricity output, continuing the upward trend.

Vietnam has successfully developed many solar energy projects with the current total capacity of approximately 6,000MW, mainly in south central provinces. There are now nine operating wind farms in Vietnam with a total capacity of 304.6MW, the largest of which is the Bac Lieu wind farm with a capacity of nearly 100MW.

The Ambassador expressed his hope that with the signed agreement, GICON and VPI will continue to enhance information exchange and cooperation in this field in line with the potentials and conditions of Vietnam.

At the meeting, Professor, Dr. Jochen Großmann, President of GICON, said with the advantage of over 3,200 km sea route and an annual average wind speed of 6m/s at an altitude of 65m in the East Sea/South China Sea, Vietnam has great potential and prospects for the development of wind power.

With its experience, GICON will support and cooperate with Vietnam to boost the development of environmentally friendly renewable energy sources.

* Amid the complicated development of COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam, St. Georg Hospital in Leipzig City, Sachsen State gave emergency assistance of protective equipment and rapid test kits worth EUR60,000.

The German’s donation was made in response to the call by Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu.

This is the second time St. Georg Hospital has donated medical equipment to Vietnam.