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LIRE is a Social Professional Non-Profit Organisation dedicated to the sustainable development of a self sufficient renewable energy sector in Lao PDR. The institute offers agronomical, technological and socio-economic research services, and works to provide free public resources. LIRE strives to support the development of the country by exploring commercially-viable means to establish long-term alternatives to conventional practices.
 

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LIRE conducts workshop on sustainable biofuel production

Friday, 12 July 2013

LIRE conducts workshop on sustainable biofuel production

How can cost-effective, sustainable biofuel production be realized in Lao PDR? This was the central question raised during LIRE’s biofuel workshop on the 10th of July in Vientiane. LIRE teamed up with the Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP), bringing together government, industry and non-profit sector representatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of scaling up production and use of biofuels in Lao PDR. A core point of discussion was LIRE’s current research into the viability of utilizing waste vegetable cooking oil as a primary biofuel feedstock. In total 68 representatives from Lao ministries, private companies, research institutes and international organizations joined the event. Read the reporting in the Vientiane Times:

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LIRE Biofuels Programme featured in Monocle magazine

Monday, 10 June 2013

LIRE Biofuels Programme featured in Monocle magazine

The LIRE Biofuels Programme - which was recently awarded the National Energy Globe Award - is covered in the latest issue of Monocle magazine, a major international lifestyle magazine about global affairs, business, culture and design. This issue, published in June, includes a 34-page special about transport, featuring an article about biofuels production in Lao PDR by LIRE.

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Price-giving for LIRE’s biodiesel project

Friday, 07 June 2013

Price-giving for LIRE’s biodiesel project

LIRE’s biofuel project “Detailed Viability Study of Small Scale Biodiesel Production in Lao PDR” won the National Energy Globe Award. The handover ceremony took place at the German Embassy of Laos, where the German Ambassador, Mr Robert von Rimscha, and the Executive Director of the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos, Dr. Ramon Bruesseler, presided over the event. Watch a video about the prive giving on Lao TV.

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Lao village to be enabled with renewable energy through Norwegian Church Aid partnership

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Lao village to be enabled with renewable energy through Norwegian Church Aid partnership

Lao Institute for Renewable Energy teams with Norwegian Church Aid to deliver pico-hydropower electricity to 40 households in remote Laos In partnership with Norwegian Church Aid, an international non-profit focused on sustainable development and poverty eradication, the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE) recently launched the installation of a pico-hydropower system to provide more reliable, safer access to electricity to 40 households in Ban Bormai, a remote village in Luang Namtha province of northwestern Laos. The new pico-hydropower installation will replace three systems currently in place that provide electricity to much of the community but must be removed four months every year to avoid flooding during rainy conditions. In addition to a more reliable, year-round power supply, Ban Bormai will have a healthy and convenient alternative to using kerosene lamps, currently the primary means of lighting. The village, which is more than 40 km from the nearest national electricity grid connection, will also stand to see economic benefits from the pico-hydropower system. Two...

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