Electric heater selected top smog-free solution
The innovation competition Let’s Fight Air Pollution Together! announced its top 16 electric heaters after test trials.
Out of 50 entrees, the electric heater produced by Antverpen came in first place, followed by Alskhan’s. Engineer Z.Ariunbold entered the competition on his own and came in third and special prizes went to Mon Ashid, Tsakhilgaan Khaldag Khuldaas, Ultrasonic and Khovd Tul teams.
The Antverpen team created two electric heaters named Myagmarjargal and Mega Hit for the challenge aimed to reduce CO2 emissions coming from ger districts by discovering the best heating, energy generation and supply solution.
A member said, “Over the past four years, we have been doing research and developing (our heaters). We spent about 250 million MNT to create and improve this technology with low electric consumption. We will use the cash prize to improve our technology.”
The ultimate winner will receive a cash prize of 100 million MNT.
“My solution is specifically for Mongolian gers. It’s called Mongol Golomt Eco. Its advantages are its capacity to distribute heat evenly throughout the ger, features air conditioning, recharges itself, and can run without electricity for eight hours after accumulating electricity. I hope to give consumers a good-quality product that’s not harmful to the environment for an affordable price. I also want to promote national production,” Z.Ariunbold noted.
Let’s Fight Air Pollution Together! was initiated by Arig Bank to promote eco-friendly solutions, mitigate smog in Ulaanbaatar, and make real contribution to building a sustainable future for Mongolia. Arig Bank partnered with GGGI, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Health, Energy Regulatory Commission, Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s Office, and the UNDP on the initiative.
Technologies that generate heating and energy for ger area households with the least negative footprint on the environment and households' safety and income will be determined as the best solution. The competition was launched on January 13 and will run through September 2021.
The third phase will focus on application in practice and monitoring to prove the functionality, performance, safety and financial feasibility for launching the technologies into the market.
Director of Arig Bank D.Tumurkhuu said, “We will strive to advance technologies and reduce costs. For starters, we will conduct a survey by placing (electric heaters) in 500 to 1,000 households.”
Organizers noted that they have been putting effort to encourage people not to use plastic/paper cups and disposable plastic spoons through their No Plastic Challenge.
Top contestants of Let's Fight Air Pollution Together's second phase