Research topic: Farmers’ Preferences on Agrivoltaic Systems in Vietnam
Time: 11am - Friday, 16 October 2020
Venue: UEH Campus H, 1A Hoang Dieu street, Phu Nhuan district, Ho Chi Minh city
Presenter: Ngoc-Tham Pham (Joint Doctoral Program between Erasmus University of Roterdam & University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City)
Abstract: Being endowed with great potential for solar energy with direct normal irradiation from 1.36-4.51 kWh/m2 per day (World Bank, 2018), however, the lack of capital and technology keeps Vietnam from developing the renewable energy until recently. For every megawatt of installed solar, approximately 1 to 1,2 hectares of land is needed (SEIA, 2016). Currently in Vietnam, the operators can either rent or buy land for constructing solar farm projects. As most of the solar farms are in Southern Vietnam, policy makers are facing the trade-off between energy production and food security. This raises the question for the possibility of the agrivoltaic systems which have been successfully implemented in France, Japan, Germany, and America. For Vietnamese farmers, the concept of generating renewable electricity right on their farmland is quite beyond their wildest imagination.
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