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Vietnam has much potential for ammonia production

Based on Vietnam’s renewable energy potentials, ammonia could become the country’s key energy export, Dr. Hoang-Long Du, School of Chemistry, Monash University, told the review.

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Could you please describe the economic value and environmental benefits of ammonia in Vietnam?

It’s clear that ammonia benefits the agriculture sector. Similar to Australia, Vietnam is an agricultural country. Therefore, fertilizer production is very important. Vietnam aims to be ammonia independent, however, at this time it is still an ammonia importing country.

The largest ammonia plant, which is Phu My fertilizer plant (540,000 tons per year), does not provide enough ammonia for the whole Vietnamese population. The plant is currently using natural gas supplied by the offshore fields as feedstock.

Moreover, the Vietnamese government’s target to be a carbon-neutral country in 2050 requires renewable, green hydrogen to be supplied to the ammonia plant. Thyssenkrupp and TGS Green Hydrogen aim to produce 216,000 tons of green ammonia and 36,000 tons of green hydrogen per annum from 2022 to 2050.

How does it benefit the energy sector?

Ammonia is considered to be a future energy carrier and fuel. Vietnam has a high potential to be an energy exporting country in the ASEAN region. The country has a long coastline with many opportunities for wind power.

According to the World Bank, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is 500 GW by 2030. And 66% of this energy can be exported to other Southeast Asian countries. Solar power is another substantial opportunity in Vietnam with the country taking the lead in solar power capacity in the ASEAN.

The largest renewable energy source is hydropower, which contributes 40% in total electricity capacity for the whole nation. Based on Vietnam’s renewable energy potentials, ammonia could become the country’s key energy export.

How do you think about the ability to apply green ammonia production in Vietnam?

Vietnam is an agricultural country with rapidly increasing population. Vietnam majorly needs ammonia for fertiliser and chemical production and this is driving strong interest in ammonia generation from renewables in Vietnam. 

Vietnam is still importing ammonia. For the future, we are learning to produce green ammonia by adapting to new technologies.

Therefore, we need partners to support us. As mentioned above, Thyssenkrupp has been supporting the Vietnamese company TGS Green Hydrogen to produce green ammonia and green hydrogen. We are looking forward to expanding the connections towards other green ammonia projects.

Could you describe the future for electrochemical ammonia production systems in Vietnam?

The electrochemical ammonia production system being developed at Monash could significantly support the ammonia economy in Vietnam. The lowering cost of renewable energy will drive the industry towards our electrochemical process.

Also, transportation will be also lowered if the electrochemical device can be placed in regional centres and large farms. The Monash University spin out company Jupiter Ionics is scaling up the technology we have developed in the lab and is already considering Vietnam as a key ASEAN location to demonstrate this technology. 

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/vietnam-has-much-potential-for-ammonia-production-3347496/

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Tech unicorn VNG to list on UPCoM

Vietnamese tech giant VNG Corporation is finalizing its list of shareholders to prepare for a listing on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) exchange.

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Towards this, it has asked shareholders to complete their transactions before 5 p.m. November 28. All further transactions will be delayed until its shares are up on the UPCoM, an exchange set up to encourage companies to list their stocks.

UPCoM is one of three bourses in Vietnam, of which the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) is the biggest with the highest criteria. It requires a company to post profits within the previous two years to list.

VNG, however, posted a loss of over VND70 billion last year.

The unicorn, a startup with a valuation of more than $1 billion, has also announced that its three foreign shareholders, Tenacious Bulldog Holdings Limited, Prosperous Prince Enterprises Limited and Gamevest PTE, have reduced their stakes to below 5% each.

Tenacious Bulldog and Prosperous Prince had a 28.46% stake in VNG, while Gamevest had an 8.14% stake.

The listing on UPCoM is an unexpected move by VNG, given that it had earlier announced plans to list on NASDAQ.

In the first nine months of the year, VNG posted losses of over VND764 billion.

Founded in 2004, VNG operates Zalo, a highly popular messaging and social network platform in Vietnam.

Source: VnExpress

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/tech-unicorn-vng-to-list-on-upcom-3349253/

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Vietnam’s Cerberus Esports team wins 6th place at PUBG Global Championship 2022

Vietnamese League of Legends esports team has set record for Vietnam and the APAC region after winning 6th place at PUBG Global Championship 2022, after a month of fierce competition in Dubai.

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The achievement brought the Vietnamese esports team VND3.78 billion ($152,500) in reward. Cerberus Esports team members who have averaged age of 19.6 has set six records for Vietnam and the APAC region.

Cerberus is also one of the teams that have never had experience in an international tournament. It started the competition with low expectations from international pundits. Twire.gg rated Cerberus to finish the game in 19th place.

However, it performed beyond the audience’s expectations. From the beginning, Cerberus demonstrated good performance and got important scores. The Vietnamese young men got 114 points and became the 6th ranked team in the world, setting unprecedented records for Vietnam as well as the APAC region.

“Our players, who are between 18 and 20 years old, set the record, proving that Cerberus team has great potential. We are confident to maintain our position as one of the leading e-sports teams in Vietnam,” said Michael Minsoo Chung, Cerberus Esports Operations Director.

“We have high hopes to become a team that will bring greater development opportunities for Vietnamese e-sports,” he added.  

Photo: Cerberus Esports
Photo: Cerberus Esports

At PUBG Global Championship 2022, 32 teams from four regions, including 12 from Asia, 8 from Europe, 6 from the Asia Pacific, and the remaining 6 from the Americas competed for a total prize of $2 million.

Founded in 2018, Cerberus Esports is a professional e-sports organization headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City. It is currently a training and competition place for five teams from five different e-sports.

Saudi Arabia to invest $38 billion in esports 

In a related development, Saudi Arabia has planned to invest $38 billion to turn the kingdom into a hub for e-sports by 2030 as part of its plan to diversify the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter, Bloomberg News reported.  

Photo: Cerberus Esports
Photo: Cerberus Esports

Savvy Games Group, a subsidiary of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, will invest $13 billion in acquiring and developing a games publisher and $18.7 billion in acquiring minority holdings in gaming firms. It will also invest $5.3 billion in established companies in the gaming sector.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to invest actively in the e-gaming business. It owns shares in Activision Blizzard Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., and Nintendo Co. through its Public Investment Fund. The plan has threatened South Korea’s esports suzerainty status.

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/vietnams-cerberus-esports-team-wins-6th-place-at-pubg-global-championship-2022-3349269/

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Vietnam to become a regional Digital Hub

Vietnam is aiming to become a Digital Hub, a place to transfer, connect, store and process data regional and world data.

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The Ministry of Information and Communications’ proposed information and communication infrastructure plan for the years 2021 to 2030 is to make Vietnam a “Digital Hub” where data from across the world may be transferred, connected, stored, and processed.

The term “Digital Hub” refers to a network of data storage facilities, cloud computing infrastructure, and Internet traffic exchanged by super developers, as well as global telecommunications, information technology, and digital content, which offer services in several nations and regions.

Vietnam has geographic advantages to become a regional digital hub, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications, including its location between Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, close proximity to important and dynamic development centers in the region and the world, where many economies serve as growth engines, and its location on the trans-Asian road route established by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in order to coordinate regional development.

Additionally, Vietnam is situated on the primary axis of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), which connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans, offering tremendous potential for quick, economical, and efficient freight transit. 

The chance that Vietnam will emerge as the region’s digital hub is also demonstrated by the number of Internet users and, in particular, the data traffic that migrates to Vietnam. 

Statistics show that there are presently more than 72 million Internet users in Vietnam, with certain applications like Facebook having up to 75.6 million active users and accounts, and Zalo having more than 75.6 million active users, and 74.1 million active users, respectively.

Source: VnEconomy

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/tech/vietnam-to-become-a-regional-digital-hub-3349082/

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