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Vietnam launches its largest hi-tech research and development center
By Thanh Nien News -
 Solar panels are made at Hanoi's new research and development center, transferring and testing technologies. Photo credit: Hanoi Department of Science and Technology
Hanoi has opened the country's biggest research and development center for technologies related to mechanics, electronics, energy and environment, local media reported.
With a total investment of VND600 billion (US$26.5 million), the center can host 200 scientists who are expected to help Vietnam design and manufacture products such as mechanical devices, electronic boards, and energy-saving chips.
The center is also slated to create solar panels with small sizes but high efficiency by 2020.
It covers an area of 2.1 hectares at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, about 30 kilometers to the west of the city center.