As a continuation of last year’s visits to Laos, a delegation of Taiwanese experts visited Vientiane once more on March 2nd to 6th. Organized by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan and the Department of SME Promotion (DOSMEP) and the Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP) of Laos, a series of meetings were held to discuss the possibility of establishing green energy pilot projects and a long-term training course in Laos. This would be one of the first cross-departmental cooperation events on green energy between Taiwan and Laos.
Taiwanese LED supplier Everlight Lighting has been contracted by a local textile plant to replace the plant’s traditional light bars. New LED light bars have over 30,000 hours of lifetime, emit brighter light and less heat, lowering the cost for air conditioning within the plant. The reduction in material, air conditioning and electricity tariff spending translates to around 15,000 USD saved per year for the textile plant.
In addition to the LED project, Hengs Technology Corp., a Taiwanese solar PV company, will provide the Lao government with a rooftop solar power system and designate an engineer to oversee local installation. After completion of the solar pilot, the system will be open to the public for educational visits. The pilot will also be part of the Taiwan-Lao cooperation green energy training program that is expected to be established in Laos.
As the short term goal, ITRI plans to generate training material from the solar PV pilot and the LED project. In the long run, ITRI will provide assistance to IREP and DOSMEP in creating a green energy training course for local technical experts and SMEs. The Taiwan-Laos cooperation project hopes to provide material for feasibility study for Laos’s future government policies, offer public education in the application of green energy and encourage local solar energy industry development.