SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 provides platform for environmentally conscious student inventors

Singapore, 05 June 2006 A trash bin that sorts rubbish automatically. An application that reuses the heat generated by refrigerators for heating purposes. A contraption that traps excess water from flowerpots to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

These are just some of the creative innovations and inventions presented at the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 exhibition and prize presentation ceremony held yesterday at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Mall.

A total of 95 student teams registered to participate in this annual competition. Of which, 32 projects were chosen to be finalists and were exhibited yesterday. At the end of the day, 38 trophies and cash prizes totaling $9,400 were awarded to entries with the most potential.

“One of the SPH Foundation’s objectives is to promote conservation to the community in Singapore. What better way than to do this through getting the young in schools to come up with creative ideas and meet this aim,” said Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of the SPH Foundation.

“I am gratified to see several innovations which show potential to be developed for commercial use. SPH Foundation is pleased to support such a noble and worthy event,” she added.

SPH Foundation Solar Innovations 2006 was opened to students from primary to tertiary levels with the aim of building a more environmentally-friendly Singapore through projects, prototypes or proposal papers. This year, the competition theme was “Eco-future: Sustainable Development for the Environment”.

This annual competition was organised by Earthlink NTU, a students’ society from Nanyang Technological University which is devoted to environmental and conservation issues. Singapore Press Holdings Foundation is the title sponsor, while HDB is the venue sponsor. Other supporters include National Youth Council, National Environmental Agency, Singapore Environment Council, Public Utilities Board (PUB), People's Association Youth Movement (PAYM) and Citizen Watch.

Minister of State (Health) Mr Heng Chee How was the guest of honour at yesterday's event.

9KB SI2006 winners
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58KB Press Kit - Teams writeup
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14KB Press Kit - Speech by Mr Heng Chee How
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16KB Press Kit - Speech by Earthlink President
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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited Co. Regn. No: 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Mr Ng Jiawei
President, Earthlink NTU
Tel: 93884847
Email: spritzer82@hotmail.com

Ms Lye Peixian
SPH Foundation
Tel: 6319 1225
Hp: 9735 9490
Email: peixian@sph.com.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.


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