Scifest SEAI Award Winners
SEAI was delighted to sponsor a Sustainable Energy Award once again at Scifest events which took place in the Institutes of Technology across the country during 2013. Congratulations to all students and teachers. The winning projects ranged from investigating if cow poo could be a future fuel to charging a battery by hamsters, read on to find out more.....
Scifest at DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin
Winning project: An investigative study to determine the best type of wind turbine and why. For more details on their project, click here.
Students: Shane and Daragh Fitzgerald, Ard Scoil Ris, Griffith Avenue, Dublin.
Teacher: Stephen Campion
Scifest at Cork IT
Winning project: To investigate the efficiency of renewable energy
Students: Diarmuid O'Donoghue and Augustin Biqnchi, Ashton School, Blackrock Road, Cork
Teacher: Sarah Hehir
Scifest at Waterford IT
Winning project: "Making biofuel (ethanol) from natural resources containing glucose". The students used lemon skins to create ethanol.
Students: Ellen Elmes, Cara Gaffney, Meghan Murphy from St Mary's Secondary School, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Teacher: Gerard O'Donovan
The overall winner of Scifest Waterford was also a project on sustainable energy. Elaine Looby from Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co. Waterford did a project on biofuel production from lignocellulosic compounds in Ireland. Elaine produced ethanol from willow and eucalyptus.
Scifest at Carlow IT
Winning project: The effects of different fertilisers on grass
Students: Ciaran Bagnall and Shane Gallen, St Farnans, Prosperous, Co Kildare
Scifest at Sligo IT
Winning project: The Waste Water Electricity Generator
Students: Anthony Foley, Daniel and Ben Owens from Breifne College, Coothill, Co Cavan.
Teacher: Mr McBrien and Ms Moloney
Scifest at Tallaght IT
Winning project: Is cow poo a future fuel?
Students: Rhys Edghill and Keith Bell from King's Hospital School, Dublin.
Teacher: Ciaran O'Connor.
Scifest at Letterkenny IT
Winning project: Hamster Wheel Battery Charger
Students: Danny Mcglinn and Villain Quinn, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Teacher: Mr Hegarty
Scifest at IT Blanchardstown, Dublin
Winning project: The power of heat is under your feet! This project investigated the power of geothermal heat to generate electricity. Click here for more on their project.
Students: Sorcha O'Connell and Zoe McCracken, Alexandra College, Dublin