LED lights help fishermen to head for the open sea
Mr. Tran Thanh Ca, an owner of a fishing vessel in Vung Tau said, by using 12 LED lights in each 20-day trip, his vessel can decrease oil consumption to operate electricity generator from 1200 liters to to 400 liters, which means reducing fuel cost from 25 million VND to 8 million VND.
Besides, these are saving energy lights with cold lighting, which does not cause uncomfortable feeling, and therefore improve working environment. As a result, fishermen can go on long-day trips having insignificant effect on their health. According to statistics of aquiculture, oil consumption to generate electricity to attract fish accounts for over 50 percent of expenditure for a trip. Energy consumption of traditional lighting technologies impose a great burden on fishermen. Meanwhile, advantages given by LED lights seem to outweigh that of traditional ones.
According to Dr. Le Hai Hung, Institute of Technical Physics – Ha Noi university of Science and Technology, LED lights have various colors befitting particular use of purpose; high lighting efficiency, ability to operate in low voltage, even under the sea, therefore safety is ensured; ,; and long duration of life to save cost.
Currently, Using LED lights in catching fish has been grown in popularity in many countries such as Korea, Japan, Russia, Norway, Peru… achieving high efficiency. However, in Viet Nam, using LED lights seems unfamiliar and it has just been introduced to Vietnamese fishermen since Kim Dinh Green Energy Joint Stock Company (FAWOOKIDI) conducted the pilotproject: using LED lights to attract fish in offshore fishing activities in some central and southern provinces. After one year using LEDs, a typical fishing boat could save nearly 250 million VND (oil , operating costs …).
Despite high economic efficiency, this model has not been largely used by fishermen because of the complexity in installing lights system, as well as the high price of LED bulbs.
Dr. Nguyen Duc Dung – Director of Applied Plasma Technology Join-Stock Company (APT) said, APT has worked with some banks, financial leasing companies on loaning money to buyers, which draws attention of some organizations. According to statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,there are about 128,000 offshore fishing vessels in Viet Nam. Therefore, we will actively encourage and create favorable conditions for fishermen to use saving energy LED lights for fishing to help them work harder.
Translator: Hoang Khanh Chi
Editor: Nguyen Thi Hang
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