Environmental solution wins first prize at invention contest

Friday, 2019-04-26 11:40:01
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Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac (far right) presents the first prize to winner Tran Kim Quy (second from right). (Photo: NDO/Nhat Minh)
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NDO – Winners of the 2018 Invention Competition were announced at a ceremony held in Hanoi on the evening of April 25, honouring low-cost and useful technologies that could be widely applied in daily life.

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The event was held by the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and Vietnam Television.

The competition is operated by WIPO and KIPO in collaboration with Intellectual Property Offices in various countries. It aims to promote the creation of useful technical solutions to serve daily life. To date, the contest has been held in 12 countries around the world, and in Vietnam it has attracted numerous organisations and individuals to participate in the theme of “Technological creativity for the daily life."

Since its launch in August 2018, the contest received 196 valid entries from 40 provinces and cities across the country. The organisers selected ten outstanding solutions in the fields of mechanics, electronics, chemistry, medicine and environment to be brought into the final round.

At the awards ceremony, the organisers presented the first prize for the solution on producing organic fertiliser from domestic solid waste, by Prof., Dr. Tran Kim Quy (from Ho Chi Minh City).

Quy used urban and rural domestic waste as raw materials for microbial organic fertiliser production. The strains of microorganisms used for breeding and fermentation to produce probiotics are selected in the soil. Other chemicals and supplies are available in the country.

The second prize went to the solution of a galvanized steel box system covered with PVC containing stones in a staggered form to protect downstream dams and reduce flash floods and mudslides, by Nguyen Ngoc Quynh and co-authors from Hanoi, helping consolidate irrigation and hydropower projects, riverbank and coastal protection works to limit erosion and minimise risks of natural disasters in mountainous areas at high risk of landslides.

The third prize was awarded to a solution on the method and system of equipment for Fullerene production, by Trinh Dinh Nang from Vinh Phuc province. The solution takes advantage of all kinds of agricultural waste with high carbon content, such as rice husk, coconut shell, coffee beans husks, feathers and corn cobs, which are readily available and cheap materials, to synthesise fullerene mixed products - materials applied for many high-tech areas such as electronics.

Seven consolation prizes were given to the other authors and solutions that reached the final round.