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A CAR in the shape of a manta ray to save parking space, a remote operated by human power instead of batteries, and a wall covered in special materials functioning as an air conditioner - these were among 200 innovative low-carbon ideas recognized at the USA Pavilion yesterday afternoon.

The occasion was the award ceremony for the Youth Technological Innovation Competition which aims to "boost technological progress and encourage young people to innovate independently."

The competition attracted 663 entries from students of 51 Chinese universities and 29 high schools.

"We have always been envious of foreign students, who can design innovative and practical solutions in their labs in school. So I was very excited to learn about the opportunity to do so," said Liu Ailin, a second-prize winner from Changchun High School.

"And my idea is to provide such a lab space for students like me."

Her design was a laboratory that utilizes ecological facilities such as solar panels and a rainwater recycling system.

Of 663 submitted works, 200 were selected as prize winners.

The two top prizes were given to the "Mine-Based Device for Raw Coal Selection" from Gao Yanyang, a student from Henan Polytechnic University, and "Industrial Green Lung - Ideas for Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in Industrial Heritage" from a four-student team with Zhejiang University of Technology.

The first focuses on how to save energy in coal mining industry and the second in making a factory green. Gao has already applied for patent for the mining device.

Liu Yanhua, State Councilor and former Vice Minister of Science and Technology and Beatrice Camp, US Consul General in Shanghai were among those presenting the prizes.


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