Five projects by Indian students have won at the 6th International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) 2014. These ingenious ideas competed against entries from over 40 different countries at an event held earlier this month at Netherlands.
Here’s a brief description of the winning projects:
1. A novel eco-friendly technology to keep the banana leaf green for 1 year without using any chemicals : Normally leaves dry up within few days. But M.Tenith Adithyaa’s unique solution can preserve them for a year, also saving millions of trees in the process. His patent-pending technology strengthens cell walls of leaves and prevents pathogenic agents from destroying cells. The processed leaves could replace plastics for making plates, cups and containers. The class XI student won a gold medal, a trophy, an achievement certificate and a cash award of 250 Euros for his invention on which he has worked for about 3 years.
2. Micro weather forecast with the help of GSM based automatic weather stations : Ayush Panara of class 10 has created a system that will measure weather data and will transmit / receive data through GSM communication and will also update weather data into web site to give real time info. He was one of the silver medalists.
3. A novel way of treating vegetable pest using tinospora cordifolia : Anusha K, a class 9 student of Indraprastha vidyalaya, won a bronze at the event for this project.
4. Fibres from weed : Deepika C N and Ayesha Fahima, class ten students, have used a very common weed (Eupatorium) to extract fibres, thereby putting a problematic weed to good use. After a process called ‘retting’ in water, the fibres are extracted and processed to give additional strength. These fibres can be made into ropes, woven into mats or gunny cloth. These are better in durability and strength than items derived from other natural fibres. They won a 4th prize.
5. A project for a novel wound healing product using non – toxic natural ingredients also won a 4th prize.
Congratulations to the winners. Hope to see more inventions from them in the future!