Building smart cities is the main and priority orientation in the Vietnamese Government’s development strategy.

This was what experts agreed to at the Việt Nam-France Smart City seminar held on Tuesday in Hà Nội by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in coordination with the Embassy of France in Việt Nam.

The event was focusing on closer co-operation between France and Việt Nam in the information technology sector based on the memorandum paper signed by the two countries last year.

The experts said that looking to the 4.0 Industrial Revolution, Việt Nam has been developing information technology infrastructure and services to develop the country’s economy so that it can catch up with the region and the world.

The MIC is expanding the plan of setting up an electronic Government in the period of 2016-20, with focus on building a digital system. The ministry is also improving international co-operation to learn from experiences of other countries and then implementing a smart city model which is suitable to Việt Nam.

Phan Thảo Nguyên, director of the International Cooperation Department under the MIC, said that since last year, provinces and cities across the country, such as Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Lâm Đồng and HCM City, have approved and conducted smart city projects.

Building a smart city was a good measure to implement targets of developing the socio-economy in the medium and long term.

French Ambassador to Việt Nam Bertrand Lortholary said that by 2020, two thirds of the Vietnamese population would live in urban areas instead of one third like present. Thus the country should change the way it is managing urban areas to make it more effective and suitable with the times.

Việt Nam’s problems were ones that France had experienced, so France would share its experiences and lessons, he said.

At the seminar, different French enterprises and organisations introduced technological measures emulating a three-dimension technology, which could be applied in transport, infrastructure and urban plans. The technology has been applied effectively in France.

Vietnam News - December 5, 2017

First Solar building second 1.2GW production plant in Vietnam

Leading thin-film manufacturer First Solar said at its 2017 Analyst Day event that it was already building its second CdTe module plant in Vietnam to support the transition to its Series 6 large format panel.

The second fab is adjacent to its existing plant, which is undergoing readiness for the initial ramp of Series 6 panels. Both facilities have an initial nameplate capacity of 1.2GW each.

Fab 2 is expected to be built and ready fro tool install in the third quarter of 2018. The company also highlighted that first module production was expected in the first quarter of 2019.

As a result of the capacity expansion, First Solar is expecting to reach a total global manufacturing capacity of 5.4GW in 2020 with capex of US$1.4 billion through 2020.

The company has just produced the first Series 6 panel at its Ohio, USA plant and will ramp to volume production in the second quarter of 2018.

By Mark Osborne - - December 5, 2017