Central region

Mfantseman Girls wins the Central Region Renewable Energy Challenge

Renewable Energy Challenge

Mfantseman Girls’ School in the Central Region Mfantseman Municipality on Monday won the 2021 edition of the “Renewable Energy Challenge” for high schools in the region.

They beat out keen competitors including Adisadel College, St. Augustine’s College, and Mankessim Senior High/Technical.

Mando Senior High/Technical, Academy of Christ the King, Komenda Senior High and Potsin TI Amass were among the competitors.

Mfantseman Girls School would represent the region in the zonal competition scheduled for Monday August 16th to Friday August 20th.

The different schools took turns explaining their project work on how renewable energy could solve national energy problems to ensure energy efficiency and economic growth.

The debate on the Mfantseman Girls Project was on road energy (energy generated from speed ramps), Komenda Secondary/Technical School on the windmill, Christ the King Academy, energy from the banana peel, Adisadel College, the greenhouse solar and wind energy house,

St. Augustine’s College, Ocean Wave Energy, Potsin TI Amass, Solar Oven, and Mankessim Senior High/Technical School worked on a wind turbine.

For their prizes, all participating schools, teachers and students received certificates and an undisclosed sum of money, however, the winners would also go to Bui Power Authority and receive mentorship from the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) and from the Kumasi Energy Centre.

Addressing the participating schools ahead of the competition, Mr. Julius Nkansah-Nyarko, coordinator of the competition, said that similar competitions would be held in the 16 regional capitals to select the best project for each region.

They would be grouped into southern and northern zones, with each zone comprising eight regions.

The top six school projects would be selected for display in each zone, for presentation at the final to be held at the Accra International Conference Center during the 7th Ghana Renewable Energy Fair to be held on Friday, October 15.

Mr. Nkansa-Nyarko, said the first competition aimed to create education and awareness about renewable energy and its efficiency in schools across the country.

The competition aimed to develop research skills, promote technical innovation in renewable energy efficiency among students so that they develop a passion for solving challenges related to renewable energy, climate change and encourage the hard work through public recognition and awards.

The competition was launched by the Energy Commission in collaboration with the Bui Power Authority and the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Ms. Martha Owusu Agyeman, Central Regional Director of Education, commended all the schools that entered the competition as part of their collective responsibility to help find sustainable solutions to the country’s renewable energy challenges.

She said the competition would help conserve the country’s natural resources and provide reliable power supply, fuel diversification, which would enhance energy security while reducing the need for imported fuels.

Mr. Kofi Agyarko, Director of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change at the Energy Commission, said his team remains committed to scientific innovations through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

He said efficient energy was the key to realizing the national industrialization drive, bridging the academic industry gap with a new generation of engineers, researchers and scientists who will lead Ghana towards low carbon emissions. carbon.

He said the Energy Commission was born out of the Commission’s quest to lead and showcase the essence of the benefits of renewable energy.

The competition was drafted to bridge the gap between academia and industry to address emerging national issues that militate for national development.

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