VietNamNet Bridge - Nature generously gives a gift for the humans on this earth a source of "free" fuel, a tremendous renewable energy resource. It is the wind, or wind energy. Now, many countries are widely using the power produced from wind turbines. But hundreds of years ago, many nations knew how to use the strength of wind instead of muscle strength to run windmills and to pull sail boats cross the ocean or to push hot air balloons in the air. Anyone who once visits Nordic countries would have the opportunity to see along the highways, not only old windmills but also the new wind turbines. … [Read more...] about The golden opportunity of wind power
Second wind sails
A kilometer offshore… The fishing port to my left, the flat blue horizon on my right with a couple of fishing boats working their nets within waving distance... I'm heading just to the right of the point at Mui Ne. The sail pulled on tight as the boat beats upwind. My sailing coach and one of his staff are couple of hundred meters ahead in separate dinghies. The Lasers they are sailing are much faster than my RS Feva and they have a lot more experience than me. It's my first time out in a boat on my own. It's magic. I can hear the boat hum when I find the wind and it tilts and picks up speed. I keep my gaze on a fixed point ahead and steer for it. If I take my eyes off it for more than a few seconds I will lose my bearings - the boat will go everywhere - and I could end up in the drink again. A quick look up at the sail, then back at the water churning around the rudder, it's time for my next tack. I push the tiller slowly across the boat and duck under the sail. A minute … [Read more...] about Sailing in Vietnam – Where is the wind?
For a country with 3,500km of coastline, Vietnam has very little sailing apart from windsurfing and kite-surfing. If the government approves a new National Sailing Plan the sport could take on new dimensions … [Read more...] about False start for sailing in Vietnam
If you’re a windsurfer or a kitesurfer, or even a sailor, there’s only one place to be in Vietnam and that’s Mui Ne. There is a very good reason why kitesurfers come to Mui Ne. Along this stretch of the southern coast the wind speed reaches over 12 knots, which is an equivalent of more than 22kmph, for at least 200 days a year. According to Pascal Lefebvre, the founder and owner of Jibe’s, a local windsurfing and kitesurfing centre, Mui Ne has the strongest and most consistent cross-onshore winds of all the beach towns in Vietnam. Lefebvre first came to Mui Ne after taking a job with Novotel Ocean Dunes Resort in 1995. As a keen windsurfer and kitesurfer, it didn’t take him long to see the breeze was strong enough for his favourite pursuits. He shipped some equipment to town and, with a few other foreigners living in the vacation town, started riding waves. It was just a hobby at first but when tourists started asking if they could rent equipment off … [Read more...] about Blowing in the wind
At a recent conference on wind power in Vietnam, titled “Investment and Wind Profits” organized by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam in cooperation with Vestas, the largest wind turbine company in the world, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Charlotte Laursen said Denmark and Vietnam have cooperated for many years on energy development. Denmark will support Vietnam in long-term planning of a green transition of its energy system, she added.Denmark, a world leader in wind power development, is committed to supporting Vietnam in advancing wind power trade and production, as well as orientations for the building and management of wind power plants, she said.Clive Turton, chairman of the Vestas sales unit for the Asia-Pacific region, said Vietnam is the second fastest growing economy in ASEAN and holds huge potential for wind power development, with a long coastline and abundant wind resources. The country’s total wind power capacity could reach 30GW.The potential for wind … [Read more...] about Denmark putting wind in Vietnam’s sails