Sci­ence pow­ers ed­u­ca­tion

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education -

GOVERN­MENT is up­lift­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through re­new­able en­ergy.

The Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Mmamoloko Kubay­iNgubane has launched a re­new­able en­ergy sys­tem that aims to solve so­cioe­co­nomic prob­lems in ru­ral ar­eas.

Dur­ing the launch at Poe­lano Sec­ondary School in Ven­ters­dorp, North West, learn­ers were given ac­cess to low-cost and off-grid clean en­ergy for In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) and light­ing needs.

This was done through the avail­abil­ity of a 2,5 Kilowatts Hy­dro­gen Fuel Cell Tech­nol­ogy (HFCT) sys­tem, worth R10 mil­lion, which en­ables about 486 learn­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of this tech­nol­ogy.

Fuel from HFCT cells pro­duces elec­tric­ity through a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion us­ing hy­dro­gen as the ba­sic fuel.

The sys­tem uses so­lar pan­els to con­vert en­ergy from the sun into elec­tric­ity.

“HFCT power so­lu­tions are ef­fi­cient, safe and quiet,” said Min­is­ter Kubayi-Ngubane.

The project also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to learn­ers, teach­ers and the com­mu­nity that sci­ence can solve so­cio-eco­nomic prob­lems in ru­ral ar­eas.

The project was im­ple­mented through the Hy­dro­gen South Africa (HySA) Pro­gramme, an ini­tia­tive by the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote the use of hy­dro­gen and fuel cell tech­nolo­gies.

Min­is­ter Kubayi-Ngubane said that the HySA Pro­gramme had huge po­ten­tial for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing and min­eral ben­e­fits.

The ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion of South Africa's nat­u­ral re­sources is one way in which the coun­try can ex­pand its in­dus­trial base, cre­at­ing jobs and re­duc­ing poverty and in­equal­ity.

Learn­ers from Poe­lano Sec­ondary School wel­comed the tech­nol­ogy as it en­sures that the school will al­ways have power.

Grade 12 learner Ke­leabetswe Mantsho­n­yane thanked the depart­ment for the project. “I have learnt that sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy can help to bring in­no­va­tion to com­mu­ni­ties and this project has made life eas­ier for all of us,” she said.

School prin­ci­pal Ger­ald Mh­langa said, “The most im­por­tant thing for us is to make sure we main­tain the project to ben­e­fit many gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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