NEWS AND EVENTS
August 27, 2015
INVESTMENTS... A Magic Lamp
A trend of introducing energy-efficient technologies in residential lighting has been scaling up throughout the globe. It entails the boost of scientific research: now each new generation of lamps burns as brightly while consuming less energy. The LED technology has made a true revolution in the market, allowing a 70% reduction in energy consumption, unlike the conventional incandescent lamps.
Uzbekistan has been pursuing a policy of the shift from the old incandescent light bulbs to their modern counterparts for the past five years. The Central Asia’s first manufacture of energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps was opened in 2010 in the new joint Uzbek-British enterprise Neo Sun Light. The service life of the new lamps exceeded that of the conventional ones by eight times, while consuming 4-5 times less the energy. It was truly a breakthrough for the national economy.
In 2011, experts developed a special program on the establishment of production of modern energy-saving lamps and replacement of the bulbs, which envisaged the increase of their production by more than four times to 28.7 million pieces in 2015. Several advanced manufactures were established in the early years of its implementation jointly with the leading foreign manufacturers. Meanwhile, the technology has been evolving. Engineers of Korean companies offered a completely new approach to lighting - the use of LED in lamps. According to the research, unlike a compact fluorescent lamp, the LED has a higher color rendering index, does not require any specialized disposal and works longer. It was fairly reasonable that the vector of development was biased in favor of the development of such a production.
A new Uzbek-South Korean joint venture Yorqin Chiroqlar (Bright Lamps) on the production of energy-saving lamps was launched last week in the Jizzakh Special Industrial Zone (SIZ). The joint venture was founded by the Jizzakh territorial power network entity of the Uzbekenergo Jo Company, and the Owell Corporation (South Korea). The project’s total cost has exceeded $2.5 million. The company is capable of producing 2.5 million energy-efficient LED lamps per year. The company has scheduled to produce more than 21,000 bulbs by the end of the third quarter of 2015.
It appears quite simple to calculate the economic effect of abovementioned technologies. Uzbekistan is currently consumes an average of 43 million of conventional 60 watts incandescent bulbs, which consume 6.5 billion KWh of electricity per hour. The power consumption would amount to five billion KWh in case if they are replaced by LED lights. This implies saving of 1.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas, or five million tons of coal used for power generation.
There is another important point: used in the production of lamps, the LEDs are semiconductors. Uzbekistan has recently launched two modern manufactures of silicon, which is precisely the source of raw materials for semiconductors. Therefore, the country has all the conditions for the creation of modern facilities on the production of high-quality, energy-efficient and, most importantly, inexpensive lamps.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)