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Barriers to the adoption of renewable and energy-efficient technologies in the Vietnamese power sector

Nhan, T. Nguyen (), Minh Ha-Duong, Thanh C. Tran, Ram M. Shrestha and Franck Nadaud
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Nhan, T. Nguyen: CIRED - centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AgroParisTech - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement
Thanh C. Tran: Institute of Energy of Vietnam - Institute of Energy of Vietnam, Department of Physics - The Royal Institute of Technology
Ram M. Shrestha: Energy Program - AIT - Asian Institute of Technology [Pathumthani]
Franck Nadaud: CIRED - centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AgroParisTech - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement

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Abstract: This paper examines the major barriers to the deployment of geothermal, small hydro and advanced coal power generation technologies in Vietnam. It ranks their severity by applying the analytical hierarchy process to data from a survey of 37 domestic experts and stakeholders. Key barriers to a wider penetration of small hydro generation technologies are insufficient capital, a lack of domestic suppliers and unsatisfactory government policies. Barriers to geothermal power are related to information and awareness problems, a lack of R&D and industrial capability, a weak policy framework and the remoteness of geothermal sites. For advanced coal power technologies, the barriers are weak industrial capability, high cost and a lack of technical knowledge. The experts consulted in this study view changes in government actions as the key to overcoming the abovementioned barriers. They recommend investing more in R&D activities, improving R&D capacity through joint-venture schemes and reforming investment policy/legislation for the electric power industry as the most appropriate solutions.

Keywords: energy efficient technologies; renewables; analytical hierarchy process (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-01-07
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