Budding Student Environmentalists Treated to Solar, Eco-Tour of the Capital

ASTANA – Students from the Vyacheslavskaya School recently visited the capital where they participated in two competitions dedicated to EXPO 2017, toured the Astana solar plant producing solar modules and were presented with the achievements of the state in environmental protection technologies and solar power engineering.

Students in the territory of the plant.

Students in the territory of the plant.

Astana Solar, which is planning to install an experimental three-kilowatt solar power station in the school, organised a guided tour of the plant and demonstrated a low-power solar station. The students were shown the solar module production process, a short film and presentation about the plant operation, according to Kazinform.

Nikita Chaus, an eighth grader in the ecological-economical school, considers the sun to be a unique source of energy. “I would like to install a KazPV 230 М60 solar module at my home,” he said after the guided tour.

Mariya Potekhina, eighth grade mistress and biology teacher, is a project enthusiast. “The opportunity to introduce the children to an operating plant such as Astana Solar and to show real achievements of the state in environmental protection technologies and solar power engineering is great assistance for us, teachers in education, and the development of scientific potential,” she said.

The Vyacheslavskaya School, located approximately 60 kilometres southeast from Astana, implements environmental protection technologies not only for academic activity, but also in practice. Led by their teachers, the students initiated projects such as a solar water collector, energy-saving light fixtures in the school, solar dryer, underground greenhouse, drip irrigation system and solar hot house. This year they began operating a pyrolysis furnace to heat the school, saving 75 tonnes of coal and decreasing the carbon dioxide burst to the atmosphere. The students received grant financing for all of the projects, winning different academic, republican and international competitions.

School director Tatyana Netsman has a genuine interest in environmental protection technologies and attracts highly-qualified personnel to the school.

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