In power play, Yangon University looks in-house
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.