Developing Energy Efficient and Smart Lighting Education in Vietnam & Myanmar (DESL)

Written by : Nguyễn Thị Thùy Dương - Post date : 31-03-2020
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Myanmar has acute shortage of modern forms of energy. Currently access to electricity is limited to about 50% of the population. Moreover, due to power shortage, grid connected population faces routine load shedding and power cuts. Demand of electricity has been growing annually 10-15% since 2009 while the supply has only been growing at around 5% during the same period. Vietnam on the other hand, has achieved impressive progress on economic growth and poverty reduction leading to rapid increases in energy consumption in recent years. Since 2015, Vietnam has shifted from an energy exporting country to become a net energy importer. It is expected that the import share of total primary energy supply is due to increase to 37.5% in 2025 and 58.5% in 2035.

Lighting is one of the major consumers of electricity in Vietnam consuming approximately 35% of the total national electricity. Although no official data exists for Myanmar, the share of lighting electricity over total electricity consumption is much higher and the growth rate of lighting electricity use is rising due to new electrification and urbanization. By 2030 developing countries like Myanmar and Vietnam are expected to account for 60% of global lighting electricity demand.   

Improvements in energy efficiency in lighting has great potential to reduce the increasing energy demand and associated costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficient lighting comes on the top among the cost-effective measures that have potential for CO2 reduction in buildings in developing countries. Vietnam and Myanmar have various barriers in the implementation of energy efficient and high-quality lighting systems and practices. Some of these barriers are related to lack of awareness and information; lack of qualified personals and expertise; lack of experience in energy efficient lighting design, implementation, testing and quality control of lighting products and systems.

To overcome these barriers and to promote education to produce experts in the field of energy efficiency and smart lighting technologies in Vietnam and Myanmar,  four Vietnamese Universities and two universities in Myanmar are working in cooperation with three European Universities in a curriculum development project named DESL (Developing Energy Efficient and Smart Lighting Education in Vietnam & Myanmar).

DESL project is co-funded by the  Erasmus+ programme of the European Union for the action Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE).  This action aims to support the modernization, accessibility and Internationalization of higher education in the Partner Countries to contribute to the development of sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic growth.

The three year project started in November 2019 is coordinated by Aalto University (Finland) and partners are Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam), Thu Dau Mot University (Vietnam), Eastern International University (Vietnam), Vietnamese-German University (Vietnam), Mandalay Technological University (Myanmar), and Yangon Technological University (Myanmar).

DESL project aims to improve the quality of pedagogical capacities; teaching infrastructure, and human resource capacities of partner institutions. The project also aims to disseminate and promote knowledge on smart and energy efficient lighting to industry, public sector, and society. The expected outcomes of the project include improved access to higher education, improved quality of higher education, and strengthened role and relevance of higher education in development and society. Main activities of the project are development of courses, training and capacity building of teaching staff, establishment and upgrading of laboratory facility, and collaboration and networking between partner universities, industry and public institutions in Vietnam and Myanmar.

Picture: Awareness raising seminar and stakeholder workshop in Thu Dau Mot city, Vietnam

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