Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Small-power Wind Turbine System for Poor
Explain your project in details:
Aims: To provide sustainable renewable wind energy to the poor and low-income people, who lack access or have limited access to electricity from national grid. To provide affordable renewable energy not only for lighting, but also to meet more basic energy demand including household electrical appliances. Vision: To provide sustainable renewable wind energy to the wider poor population in various regions of the world. To transform more innovative green ideas into practical solutions for better impact to the society and the environment. Problem: Many poor people in Vietnam have no access or limited access to electricity from national grid. In particular, the problem was originated with limited access to electricity for the poor people living along Red river in Hanoi. Their livelihoods are scrap dealing and pottery trading. Their shelters are old boats along Red river bank. They are unable to afford basic electrical need. Innovative Solution: The 1516 Green Design developed and installed pilot small-scale wind energy system for the Red river poor residents in 2016. The system consists of: wind blades, turbines, steel pole, energy panel, control system, storage batteries. Wind blades are plastic buckets. Turbines are old motor in broken printers. Generated electricity provides 9W LED light to 10 households.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The project was first deployed in Hanoi in 2016. Wind turbine systems have provided electricity to 10 poor households (40 people). Since then, the project has been scalable and applied in other geographical regions and situations. In 2017, 77 wind turbine systems were installed in 5 provinces (Phu Yen, Nam Dinh, Lao Cai, Nghe an, Ninh Binh). In 2018, the projects have been scalable in Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Dien Bien, An Giang, Dak Lak provinces. These provinces are in various geographical regions: Red River Delta region, lowland coastal region, coastal region, Mekong Delta, Central Highlands to mountainous region of Vietnam. For situations of more energy demand, several small-scaled wind turbine systems can be combined for stronger capacity. Measures to evaluate success: In 2016, pilot wind power project for the poor in the Red River, Hanoi. 10 wind turbines systems were installed to generate electricity for 10 poor households. In 2017, the project was scaled up in 5 provinces with total 77 wind turbines systems were installed. In 2018, nearly 30 wind turbines systems were deployed in 3 other provices and expect to reach 200 systems in the end of the year. Award of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge 2017 from UNDP Vietnam. Strong interest and substantial financial support from NGOs and international agencies: The Asia Foundation, VN Capital Foundation, Live & Learn, Plan International, Australian Aid, Float in Flood, British Business Group in Vietnam...
Sustainability and future plans
The first early starting point of our project is when we were the winner of SDG challenge 2017 organized by UNDP Vietnam in September 2017 and being in a startup incubation program of Hatch Ventures Vietnam since that time. YThe first early starting point of our project is when we were the winner of SDG challenge 2017 organized by UNDP Vietnam in September 2017 and being in a startup incubation program of Hatch Ventures Vietnam since that time. Year 2018 is the most important milestone of the project with main task being deployed in large scale with 200 wind turbine systems (30 systems already installed); investing on R&D process with new version of product and remote data system control service in the end of July as our plan; recruiting 2 key team members for expanding the market and making more partnership with NGOs. Year 2019, with 750 systems sold before mass production (1000 systems per month) in next years. Financing source In the Startup Incubation program with 15,000 USD seed funding after winning SDG challenge 2017 was organized by UNDP Vietnam at beginning and a follow-up funding opportunity up-to 150,000 USD in 2018. 10,000 USD Seed funding from Crevisse within the program Remake city in 2017. 23,000 USD donor from NGOs (Live & Learn, BBGV)
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Ha Viet Dung, 32 year old, being Chief Fin-tech Officer in 1516 Green Design with 10 year experience working as a specialist in IT and Telecommunication field. My motivation came when I deployed telecommunication projects in coastal and mountainous regions, in rural areas with government and non-government organizations and community-based organizations, to assist poor communities. At these places, it is extremely difficult to us to bring technology, electron devices like mobile phones, television services for them in order to improving their life's quality because almost of them are living without electricity and energy for adapting their basic demand. Based on that, we made a decision to develop and research a Small-power Wind Turbine System to provide electricity for poor from wind energy resources. As Chief Fin-tech Officer, I take responsibility for roll-outing Financial Technology-based value-added services to serve our customers (Almost living in highland, coastline, and mountainous, remote, rural areas) as well as make partnerships with all mobile operators, tech innovators, communities, governments and start-ups to prove the power of Fin-Tech in emerging markets. The era of Internet of Value is coming, Fin-Tech is a vital factor for success of our business. Since 1516 Green Design was found, we have been honor to receive many prestige awards from international organizations. In 2017, 1516 Green Design was a winner as the most promising social impact startup in the SDG Challenge 2017 competition organized by UNDP Vietnam; Hatch Venture (Vietnams leading Startup Ecosystem Builder and Incubator) and its strategic partner Crevisse Consortium and now still in Hatch Incubation Program Batch 2. Our vital skills are think different, innovation, never give up.