In power play, Yan­gon Univer­sity looks in-house

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI SHWE PHYU news­room@mm­times.com

PER­HAPS at wits’ end over chronic black­outs in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, Yan­gon Univer­sity is work­ing on two projects that will al­low it to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity in-house.

Yan­gon Univer­sity rec­tor U Pho Kaung said, “We are un­der­tak­ing two projects to get elec­tric­ity. The first pro­ject is de­ploy­ing a so­lar [power] sys­tem, which is be­ing car­ried out jointly with Ky­oto Univer­sity from Ja­pan. Another pro­ject is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mid-West Univer­sity from South Korea, to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity from com­bustible ma­te­ri­als.”

Both Ky­oto Univer­sity and Mid­West Univer­sity have signed mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing with Yan­gon Univer­sity, offering tech­ni­cal sup­port. The Asia Re­search Cen­ter at Yan­gon Univer­sity is pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for the projects.

Res­i­dents of Myan­mar’s big­gest city hop­ing to ben­e­fit from the new power sources will be dis­ap­pointed, how­ever.

“The elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from these projects is only for Yan­gon Univer­sity use. It is not much more – we can use for light­ing, but we can’t use it to power [in­ten­sive elec­tric­ity-de­mand­ing ap­pli­ances] such as air con,” U Pho Kaung said, adding that power gen­er­a­tion would to­tal 30 kilo­watts.

Sur­veys for both projects have al­ready been com­pleted and in­stal­la­tion works are ex­pected to be­gin next month.

“The two projects will be fin­ish be­fore De­cem­ber 2016. We will give a show­ing to pub­lic at a cer­e­mony for the 96th an­niver­sary of Yan­gon Univer­sity,” U Pho Kaung said.

Yan­gon Univer­sity, once one of the re­gion’s most pre­em­i­nent in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, was founded in 1920.

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