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2019 NSTW's Innovation Park shows bright future for PH    


With its modern, minimalist look, the Innovation Park at the 2019 National Science and Technology Week celebration gives us a glimpse of a bright future ahead for the Philippines through science and technology.

Its technologies on display address three of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; and responsible consumption and production.

To address the demand for access to clean energy, the Department of Science and Technology funded researches on renewable energy, infrastructure, and technologies that can provide clean and more efficient energy. Some of the technologies showcased in this booth are Jolt, a stackable multi-functional energy storage for household solar and emergency applications; modified road train energy storage system; solar biomass for multi-heat application; and others.

Meanwhile, the technologies that will be exhibited at the booth for the SDG on industry, innovation and infrastructure are designed to contribute to the improvement, resiliency, and sustainability of transport, irrigation, energy, and ICT in the country. Included here are the USHER or the Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System, Project DIME which monitors big infrastructure projects such as irrigation networks, and others.

The booth on SDG on responsible consumption and production basically educates and leads consumers to choose a lifestyle that highlights sustainable consumption, management, and efficient use of natural resources. Some of the technolgies on display reduce food losses in production and food waste, and manage chemicals in an environment-friendly way. Technologies in this booth include Nanocomposite for Water Purification, Bio-Oil Production from Agricultural Waste, Abaca fiber-reinforced Composite (for boat application), and others.

Many other new technologies will be on highlight during the celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) that will run 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

This year's theme "Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Developmentā€ underscores the role of science and technology in achieving the country's commitment to the UN SDGs.

The SDGs serve as blueprint in achieving a better and more sustainable future for all nations. SDGs address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The SDGs are interrelated and are aimed to be achieved by year 2030.

Exhibits, forums, and other activities in this year's NSTW will focus on the local science community's efforts and initiatives to address the SDGs.