HNEI and the Center for Regional and Urban Studies (CRUS) in Ho Chi Minh City signed an agreement in July 2019 to develop a public Solar Energy Park (SEP) in Ho Chi Minh City.  Locally, CRUS will partner with architects, engineers, universities, developers and city administration to design and construct a visible, education-based public pavilion featuring a solar photovoltaic system and various electric technologies.  The SEP will include an education component to increase public awareness of solar and other energy efficient technologies, see Figure 1 below.

Vietnam Solar Energy Park
Figure 1: Early conceptual design for Sai Gon Energy Park. (Source: CRUS)

The project will introduce the general public to these technologies in order to gain acceptance and increase adoption.  CRUS intends to identify a highly trafficked city park to deploy the SEP and will utilize local partners to design, approve and construct the demonstration project. In July of 2019, HNEI and consultant MKThink facilitated a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, sponsored by CRUS, to identify the highest community need in the area of sustainability.  Sixty planners, local government officials, universities, consultants, and other members of the general public participated in this workshop, distilling several proposed technology applications down to the single SEP concept that was then further fleshed out by a smaller sub-group.

Design, partner development and permitting will take place in 2019-2020, with implementation late 2020. One year of monitoring and evaluation will follow to determine the effectiveness of the Solar Energy Park.

This project is made possible through the Asia Pacific Regional Energy Assessment grant (APRESA) from the Office of Naval Research, and is one of several research projects being conducted by HNEI in southeast Asia funded under this grant.

Point Person: Jim Maskrey