Cork students develop solar power coating for cars

Cork students develop solar power coating for cars
Tianha Williams and Aoife Morris from St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, celebrating after being announced as the Winners of the Merck School Science Competition. (Picture: Adrian O'Herlihy)

Cork company Merck, announced that students from St Aloysius’ College in Carrigtwohill won the company’s 2019 School Science Competition.

Aoife Morris and Tianha Williams, both from Midleton, each won the overall prize for their project, ‘Developing an organic solar cell coating solution to mitigate fossil fuel usage by motor vehicles’. The students offered alternatives to fossil fuel usage in cars by developing a solar cell coating that powers vehicles with solar energy.

The contestants were required to create projects in the STEM space and were free to pick any subject. As part of the final project, the students created posters to display at the event and presented their projects to a panel of judges. The three judges included two Merck employees and a representative from University College Cork (UCC). The winners each won an iPad for their projects.

“Merck’s School Science Competition is one of my favourite events of the year. As well as being a demonstration of the Cork site’s commitment to science education and promoting an interest in STEM subjects locally, it is a real energy boost for all of us involved,” said Martin McAuliffe, head of Operations at Merck’s Cork site. 

Other competitors included students from Midleton CBS, Midleton College, Pobalscoil na Trionóide in Youghal, St Mary’s High School in Midleton and Carrignafoy Community College in Cobh.

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