GPSC announces winner of YSI Season 2, opportunities for innovative energy projects to compete at an international level.
GPSC announces the winner of the GPSC Young Social Innovator 2019 project, with Modification of Li-S battery with irradiated activated carbon derived from sticky rice by Better life battery from Kamnoetvidya Science Academy receiving a trophy and 50,000 baht and an opportunity to compete at an international level. Application is also open for Season 3, with contestants competing to win the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s trophy.
Mr. Chawalit Tippawanich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited or GPSC, the innovative power flagship of PTT Group, revealed that today (July 20, 2020) the company has announced the five finalists of the GPSC Young Social Innovator 2019 project under the concept of “Sustainable Energy, Natural Resources and Environment”. The winning teams, which are students from high school and vocational level, will receive certificates and scholarships as well as knowledge in such areas as innovative solutions to local problems using local resources, which will lead to efficient and environmentally friendly energy consumption, how to apply for a patent and how to commercialize their innovative products etc.
The GPSC Young Social Innovator 2019 project is in its second year, in which we extended to students from across the country. 158 projects were submitted, with 30 passing the first-round selection. Out of the 30 projects, four are from the north, seven from the central part, six from the northeast, nine from the east, and four from the south. There are five finalists.
The winner is Modification of Li-S battery with irradiated activated carbon derived from sticky rice by Better life battery from Kamnoetvidya Science Academy, which has received a trophy and 50,000 baht scholarship.
The second prize is Ground Water Holding Capsule for Plants by Ton Kla changes the world from Prachinkallayanee School, which has received a trophy and a 30,000 baht scholarship.
The third prize is Wrapping material for fruit protection by Fruit Guard from Phanomsarakham "Phanom Adun Witthaya" School, which has received a trophy and a 20,000 baht scholarship.
The two remaining teams that received consolation prizes, which included a trophy and 10,000 baht scholarship, are Development of Chitosan - Polyvinyl Alcohol hydrogel to improve the growth of seed plants by PM 4.0 from Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Mukdahan School and The fabrication of novel electrode developed by modified graphene oxide with L-cysteine deposited on iron nanoparticle for enhancing the electricity generation from MFCs by Our earth team from Kamnoetvidya Science Academy. GPSC is prepared to sponsor these teams to compete at an international level.
“The project is in its second year and has been a success after seeing many submissions from schools across the country. It has created an opportunity for young people to use their creativity to design projects and to use their knowledge to develop products or methods that can solve social, economic and environmental problems towards sustainability. These innovations can be developed into pilot projects which are solutions to local problems or products that can be commercially made and developed into Social Enterprises. This year, the company continues to promote the project and is now accepting applications for GPSC Young Social Innovator 2020 or GPSC YSI Season 3, which is very unique as contestants will compete to win HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s trophy. The project also raises awareness among young people about the conservation of natural resources, energy and the environment, which the society has paid a special attention to especially under the “new normal” situation which innovation is needed to increase efficiency and maximize the use of resources and energy for sustainable management,” Mr. Chawalit said.
The project is in line with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to raise awareness of Thai children and youth about the value of resources that will lead to responsible consumption, quality of life improvement and environmental sustainability and conservation.