The edu-vehicle aims to provide a fun and impactful way for pupils to grasp the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies.
THE CUSTOM-built EnergyDRIVE truck wrapped up its three-week journey in the Springbok area this month by informing pupils at Okiep High school about Renewable Energy Technologies.
The drive formed part of the Kangnas Wind Farm’s community education programme, which has a keen focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
The edu-vehicle, which features a solar roof structure, biogas digester, photovoltaic panel display unit and a solar hot-water display unit, aimed to provide a fun and impactful way for pupils to grasp the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies.
The economic development manager at Kangnas Wind Farm, Cheryl Persensie, said the truck’s container features attractive interactive demonstration models, which assist with understanding a range of renewable technologies and raising awareness of renewable power resources as well as addressing the important issues associated with climate change.
“Furthermore, it also exposes learners to an industry which offers a host of career options and opportunities,” explained Persensie.
The 2021 EnergyDRIVE kicked off its trip on September 1, leaving its base at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), and wrapped up its journey in the Northern Cape three weeks later.
It is believed that it has reached almost 3,000 pupils across the country’s green energy map.
Grade 9 to 12 pupils were successfully reached thanks to the partnership between the South African Wind Energy Energy Association (SAWEA) and the DUT.
It was the third time that the edu-vehicle has made this journey since its inaugural trip in 2017.
“We believe that it is important to stimulate an interest in learners who may like to pursue a career in the field of renewable energy, which is growing exponentially, not only in this Province but throughout the country, as we transition to renewable energy sources,” concluded Persensie.