Applied Materials Taiwan Celebrates Earth Day
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day last week, Applied Materials Taiwan announced they would be donating solar heaters to five native elementary schools through sponsorship of the IShare Community Development Association’s "Energy Saving and CO2 Reduction" eco campaign. The association’s campaign will help 10 remote mountain elementary schools install solar heaters in addition to raising environmental awareness to the public.
The remote location of the schools makes it difficult to install standard gas pipelines, and purchasing gas cans from local urban areas cans costs twice as much as normal gas due to the far delivery distance. As a result, mountain school students often don’t have hot water for sanitizing their tableware after lunch meals, especially in the winter, or for washing their hands after playing during school.
Chih-Ming Chen, principal of Hsin Kwang Elementary School, said that he appreciated Applied’s generous donation to help meet the students’ needs, as it is both environmentally meaningful in leveraging solar power and conserving nature on the mountains, and also solves the hot water problem faced by the school.
On the same day, both Applied Materials Taiwan and the IShare association encouraged national elementary schools to participate in an upcoming Earth Day competition sponsored by Applied called, "Green Energy Garden," which will take place this June. Applied Materials Taiwan previously sponsored the competition last year, and this Earth Day had a chance to hear from last year’s school competition winners, Hsinchu County Shuanshi Elementary, the only elementary school winner in Hsinchu County.
As a result of Applied’s investment last year, Principal HS Feng reported that their school was able to build an ecological pond that was developed by school teachers and students alike from concept design to measurements to discussion and final implementation. The school recorded details from the project in their corresponding blog.
The pond enabled the school to receive an additional subsidy from the Ministry of Education’s “Sustainable Campus Program” and teachers now take advantage of the peaceful resource and gather there with students to watch the water plants and use the location as a performance event area.
Additionally, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Applied Materials Taiwan installed a solar demonstration system consisting of six thin film solar panels on the company’s Hsinchu office roof, which has the capacity to generate 2 kilowatts of electricity per hour depending on intensity of the sunlight on a given day. The energy generated by the solar system connects back to the building's grid electricity and helps reduce CO2 emissions. Employees can monitor the solar system’s output themselves via an internal online portal to track power generation.