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This Vietnamese Village Is Powered From Broken Printers And Plastic Bowls

By Brian Spaen

Most of us never stop to realize how much electricity is apart of our lives. It fuels everything we do from the alarms we set in the morning, to the power it gives our devices, and obviously the illumination it gives us in our workspaces and homes. For some countries, that potential is a luxury. Imagine having to budget a certain amount of it each day and limiting how much is really needed to survive. While a poor community in Vietnam is copying with this reality every day, they’ve happened to run into some light at the end of the tunnel.

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, has its share of poor families that live on the outskirts of town. Some of them have gathered together along the coast of the Red River, taking advantage of boats and platforms that have been left over. They’ve created solid enough housing to put a roof over their head and survive. There’s electricity available in the area, but not much to go around. Those that do obtain it have to pay $9 per month, which is a hefty fee for them.

Looking for another avenue to bring in electricity, Professor Le Vu Cuong, who works at a university in Hanoi, was able to find a limited solution for all those dying for any energy they could get. The project would be to create wind turbines to generate electricity. While that process is commonly known for the massive farm systems located offshore, Cuong was able to dial it back with just a few utilities.