Energising BP grant

GYMPIE State High School's science, technology, engineering and maths program (STEM) has been awarded a $2500 grant from Brisbane's BP refinery.

Science and STEM teacher Tony Grudzinski said the grant provided an exciting opportunity for Year 9 and 10 STEM students.

He said the grant was for a project which would see students construct model sustainable energy systems for remote communities.

“Students will construct community, energy production and industry modules which are all controlled using programmable micro-controllers,” he said.

The model will incorporate solar panels, a wind generator, a hydrogen fuel cell and a storage battery, and the micro-controllers will automate all control and monitoring functions.

“The complicated task of managing the solar, wind and hydrogen energy inputs along with the battery and hydrogen tank energy storage in addition to overall automation will be a challenging task,” Mr Grudzinski said. “Furthermore, we aim to incorporate remote sensing technology whereby a video feed with control and monitoring data will be available live via the high school website.”

Gympie Times


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