ENERGY CONSERVATION – AT FIRST HAND BY STUDENTS
School students have shared their ideas about the country energy efficiency improvement

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From the 7th to 9th December, the NC “MASU” held the All-Ukrainian scientific conference on energy conservation for students of the MAS during which more than 30 children presented calculations of energy conservation in big cities and efficient analogues of conventional energy sources.

The conference was organized in two thematic sections: “Legal and technogeneous aspects of ecological balance in Ukraine” where 14 school students worked, and “Legal framework and energy-saving technology solutions as  base of saving for Ukrainian society” with 19 participants. The school students have presented all their ideas and presentations to the jury, such as specialists from the Public Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation of Ukraine, academic specialists of the Institute for Energy Conservation and Energy Management of the National Technical University of Ukraine Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.  However, on the conference their mission was not evaluation itself. First of all, their function consisted of learning about challenging ideas.

-         In the country, there is one problem: there are many inventions, but it is difficult to find where to implement them. One of our goals is to present certain technological solutions to public in order to make them seen by many people and used afterwards. It refers to consumers, business and state, - said Tamara Burenko, a Deputy Director of the Department, Managing Director for Monitoring and Information of Strategic Development of Public Energy Efficiency.

As Ms. Burenko explains, the authorities’ duty is to learn about these technologies and make everything possibile for their implementation. At the time, when utility fee rates are rising fast, the ideas, that give the possibility to save, unfortunately, spread very slowly. At the community level, public civil servants or local government people are looking for solutions to make energy service cheaper and save resources. That is why such children’s ideas are necessary. The specialists have noticed that during the improvement elderly people pay their attention to technological nuances, and children view the problem in a different manner. Very often their opinion is more effective.

Among many ideas of the school students there are Kryvyi Rih street illumination, usage of thermal waters for heating in Transcarpathia, unusual modern technology – mobile bicycle, law improvement proposal, many domestic tecnical solutions (for example, improvement of gas burners), suggestions on the base of scientific calculations how to save on private house lighting. It is possibile to find out more about all school students’ projects  in the conference collection of abstracts which will be placed in the section “Publications”.

Vladyslav Marchak came from Lyman, Donetsk oblast, and knows very well what industry is. Probably, for this reason he carries his point on saving the environment by clear arguments for improvement of this branch which he considers as out of date:

-         It is important to call on citizens to follow environmental safety rules and to take care about their attitude towards nature. It is essential to diminish the quantity of industrial facilities to prevent superfluouse number of them. If I were in charge on the domestic level, I would introduce severe fines for every case of environmental pollution.

The result of the conference was a conclusion of the Memorandum on cooperation between the NC “MASU” and the Public Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation of Ukraine. According to the document, the parties unite their efforts in order to improve the education level for school students on effective energy consumption  and usage of renewable energy sources. For this purpose, it is planned to attract the youth to scientific and research activities in these areas.

The French Institute in Ukraine has presented valuable gifts for students to encourage and inspire them for more efficient work on scientific projects.

Liudmyla Kopko
13.12.16
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