Best youth eco innovations were awarded at national level

… an old parabolic antenna, a printer or CDs, transformed in equipment which produce green energy

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Tens of teenagers passionate about renewables participated in the National Contest of Eco Innovations during 11–12 May, in Chisinau. The contest was organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research in partnership with Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

The pupils “conspired” with the sun, biomass, water and wind to create inventions based on the power of green energy and which could exempt us of paying our energy bills. Most devices were built from recyclable materials.

The futuristic house built by a group of pupils from Costesti

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Pupils from Costesti high school, Ialoveni district, presented a prototype of a futuristic house — 100% ecological. The house is connected to two wind turbines and several photovoltaic panels. The authors of the project say that people who would live in such a house would forget about the bills and would make some extra money from selling the excess of produced energy.

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The solar panels are rotating as the sunflower, capturing the solar radiation and transforming it into energy. The wind turbines use the wind energy to produce electrical energy”, describes one of the authors of the project, Dumitru Borta, school-pupil in grade VI.

And even if the energy produced by the toy house is sufficient to charge their mobiles, pupils are confident that their invention will be used at a larger scale in the future. Ion Mereacre, pupil in grade VIII, hopes that the entire village will start gradually to use the renewable energy sources to heat the houses and have electricity.

We hope that the adults will follow our example and implement our ideas in practice”, says the young man.

The interest of Costesti pupils for renewable energy sources was born when a new optional course Renewable Energy Sources was included in the school curriculum, where they can learn how to value natural energy resources and how to efficiently use the heat and the light and to protect the environment.

Parabolic antenna which produces electricity

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“Petrol resources will dry out soon. Besides, it is important for people to generate energy without harming the environment”, believes Andrei Lupascu, pupil in grade IX at High school “Constantin Stere” of Soroca.

Andrei presented the invention developed with other colleagues — a device that captures solar energy and transforms it into electrical energy. To build their invention, the children used an old parabolic antenna, pieces of wood, metal elements from old toys and other things that were given a second life.

Beer tins generate heat in a house

Mariana and Maxim Mereacre, siblings living in Costesti, Ialoveni, proved to the juries that ordinary boxes, beer tins and water may generate heat in a house, if connected to solar energy.

These tins are everywhere, and as a rule, end up as garbage. Our idea would be a solution for recycling this waste”, claim the team.

As other pupils who advanced to the national phase of the contest “Renewable Energy Sources”, Mariana and Maxim Mereacre will receive participation tickets to the Summer Camp ENERGEL, 2018 edition, where they can share ideas with other pupils interested in renewable energy resources.

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In total, 57 pupils from 26 schools took part in the final phase of the “Renewable Energy Sources” contest. The finalists were selected following local/district competition. The schools connected to biomass heating systems funded with European funds of the Moldova Biomass and Energy Project were eligible for the contest, as well as pupils of grades 7–9 who study the optional discipline “Renewable Energy Sources”.

The winners of the national contest were selected by a jury consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the Energy Efficiency Agency, the Biomass and Energy Project and the social initiative ‘Hai, Moldova”, managers and teachers.

The Contest “Renewable Energy Sources” is at its second edition and was organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research in partnership with the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project.

The Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, II phase, is a project implemented in 2015–2018, with a total budget of EURO 9.41 million provided by the European Union and is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. It is a continuation of the first phase of the project (2011–2014) that had a total budget of EURO 14.56 million provided by the European Union (EURO 14 million) and UNDP (EURO 560,000). The national partner of the Biomass and Energy Project is the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure.

More information on Energy and Biomass Project can be accessed on and Facebook page Energie din Biomasa.

The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information on:

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