EXTON, Pennsylvania., June 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Ricoh United States, Inc., announced today that 11e primary school students Charikleia Moraitaki and Maria-Eleni Batatoudi from Athens College in Psychiko, Greece, are the winners of the 16e Ricoh Annual Sustainability Award (RSDA) presented at Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF). The innovators received a $ 10,000 grant for their winning invention, “Solar park with 3D printed photovoltaic trees: technology combined with nature”. The RSDA honors students who develop innovations that enhance environmental sustainability and support Ricoh’s global commitment to strive for excellence, improve quality of life, and foster sustainability in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable development goals (ODD).
“Ricoh is proud to honor, celebrate and support students who take action to support environmental sustainability through innovation and break the status quo to create long-term value for our communities,” society and the planet, ”he said. Donna Venable, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Assistant General Manager, Shared Services, Ricoh North America. “Ricoh’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a long-standing part of the Ricoh Way and our Tri-Love Spirit that shapes the way we do business. The work of Charikleia and Maria-Eleni exemplifies the kind of revolutionary innovation and allegiance to creating a more sustainable future. that Ricoh puts at the center of everything we do, and we are excited to be a part of the future success of students. “
Moraitaki and Batatoudi won the RSDA at Regeneron ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-university science competition. Owned and produced by the Society for Science, Regeneron ISEF provides a platform for the best and brightest young scientists to present their research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. This year, a total of 1,833 finalists from 64 countries, regions and territories competed for more than $ 5 million in prices and grants.
The finalists’ projects were evaluated based on their degree of practical alignment with business and environmental sustainability, as well as their alignment with the Ricoh’s pillars of sustainable environmental management. Judging criteria included project novelty, readiness, development, cost-effectiveness, global applicability, and creativity. Participating students were also assessed on their willingness to learn new things and their ability to overcome obstacles.
Moraitaki and Batatoudi’s innovation is a 3D printed forest from environmentally friendly materials, designed to tackle the global energy crisis and fight climate change by harvesting solar energy. The innovators’ prototype takes the form of a tree – nature’s perfect design for harnessing energy – with panels, or “leaves,” made from photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. The Model Tree includes three essential innovations: 1) a gyroscopic mechanism that adjusts the position and tilt of the leaves towards the sun for maximum solar absorption; 2) an automated process for controlling the height of individual trees when model trees are arranged in a forest network to capture maximum energy; and 3) a revolution system to prevent excess heat from reducing production efficiency. The long-term goal of the project, as envisioned by its creators, is to build photovoltaic parks and forests with 3D printed trees that harvest solar energy and provide a pleasing aesthetic that complements the natural landscape.
“Congratulations to Charikleia Moraitaki and Maria Eleni-Batatoudi on winning the RSDA from Ricoh at the Regeneron International for Science and Engineering Fair 2021,” said Maya ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and publisher of Scientific news. “The students who participated in Regeneron ISEF this year conducted their research under unique circumstances, given the current pandemic. Their dedication to conducting scientific and technical research gives me hope for the future.”
The RSDA is a great example of the many ways Ricoh is helping to build a more sustainable society. In addition to its continued support for the scholarship program, Ricoh is committed to seven material challenges and SDGs and put 14 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in connection with material issues. Ricoh also won ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for six consecutive years and signed the RE100 commit to working to obtain 100% energy from renewable sources over the coming decades.
With this most recent RSDA victory, Ricoh totaled over $ 440,000 in scholarships awarded for sustainability projects at Regeneron ISEF. The RSDA has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to more than 35 students since its inception in 2005. The program recognizes Ricoh’s continued investment in sustainability.
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