PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
February 29, 2016
DOZENS OF MANUFACTURES ON ENERGY-SAVING BULBS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED IN UZBEKISTAN OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS
The energy saving trend has been growing worldwide with the years, showing a remarkable growth in the household sector. Uzbekistan has been keeping abreast of the global trends: dozens manufactures of energy-saving bulbs have been launched in the country over the last five years.
Today, LED bulbs are a common product in the domestic market. Experts expect that in the near future they will displace the conventional fluorescent lamps. Expanded service life, power saving, environmental friendliness and no flicker are seen as major advantages of LED lamps over conventional bulbs. This is natural, because they allow decreasing power consumption by almost 80%. The service life of such lamps exceeds 50,000 hours.
The Egl-Nur company in the Angren Special Industrial Zone has ranked among the country’s leading industrial facilities in a short time. It was founded in 2013 by joint efforts of Uzbekenergo and the South Korean EG Lightings. Today, the joint venture specializes in the production and maintenance of energy-saving LED bulbs in different formats and purposes.
According to the analytical agencies that specialize in the study of new energy technologies, the replacement of a 100-watt bulb by a 22 watt fluorescent lamp saves 23.4 kW/h of electricity a month. The saving efficiency of LED bulbs is even higher. For example, the replacement of five incandescent light bulbs by LEDs might save 135 kW/h of electricity per month. Moreover, the light from the LED lamps is less weary for the eyes unlike that of the conventional ones.
“Foreign investors see Uzbekistan as a promising country. For example, our company is exempt from paying a range of taxes and customs duties, which is a strong motivation for evolvement. We are planning to significantly increase the production capacity. In 2015, we produced 174,000 bulbs, and hope to increase the indicator by more than 70% this year,” noted the Egl-Nur Director General Jee Hyung Seok.
He said that in the coming years the company will focus on the expansion of the export component. Egl-Nur is currently negotiating with several foreign companies on promoting its products to foreign markets. The production of new types of lighting fixtures in the next two years would contribute in the achievement of abovementioned goals.
This is far not the only example. It is expected that in 2015-2019, Vesta Electric, Plastic Modernity, Yorqin Chiroqlar and other companies will produce 15.7 million energy-saving bulbs and lighting fixtures for household, street and industrial lighting.
Investment projects on the upgrade of outdoor lighting with modern energy-saving lamps will be implemented by 2020 in regional centers and big cities of Uzbekistan with preference to LED lamps in combination with photovoltaic plants.
Uzbekistan bans free circulation of incandescent light bulbs over 40 watts from July 1, 2016, and their sales – from 1 January 2017. Meanwhile, the country has been streamlining the organization of collection and disposal of obsolete and unserviceable energy-saving and gas-discharge lamps.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)