Switching to LED lamps may save 5 million tons of coal in Uzbekistan [Times of Central Asia]
(Times of Central Asia Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan's national energy company Uzbekenergo has recommended Uzbek electricity consumers to switch from using incandescent lamps to light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, in order to save the country's energy resources.
LED lamps have a lifespan and electrical efficiency that is several times better than that of incandescent lamps, and significantly better than most fluorescent lamps. LED lamps are also environmentally friendly. According to Uzbekenergo, today Uzbek consumers use more than 43 million incandescent lamps with a power capacity of 60 Watts each. Their total power capacity is 2,939 MW and power consumption — 6.4 billion kWh per year. If all consumers in the country switch from using incandescent lamps to LED lamps, Uzbekistan's annual electricity consumption will reduce by 5 billion kWh, which will save 1.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas or five million tons of coal. Most electricity in Uzbekistan is generated at gas- and coal-fueled power plants. In Uzbekistan, LED lamps are produced in the Navoi free economic zone, and by EGL-NUR, an Uzbek-Korean joint venture, in the Angren special industrial zone. The Uzbek-Korean company specializes in the production of LED lamps for street lighting, Pravda Vostoka newspaper reported. EGL-NUR was founded by South Korea's EG Lightings Co. Ltd and Uzbekistan's Novo-Angren thermal power station. The share of the Korean side in the venture is 51 percent and the Uzbek side – 49 percent. The project cost is $1 million. The plant produces LED lamps with the capacity from 120 to 175 Watts.
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