Two students from Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Kuala Terengganu bagged the gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2016 in Switzerland for their ‘Power Bank: EXIECO PB’ creation.
Fifth formers Ahmad Asyraf Aqil Ariffin and Ahmad Luqmanul Hakim Ahmad Tarmizi made Malaysia proud as they also achieved the best overall award defeating 1,000 other participants from 48 countries.
Ahmad Ashraf Aqil had recounted the inspiration for their invention when met by reporters at KL International Airport after arriving back home yesterday, Bernama reports.
He said he was inspired to find a solution was faced with electricity supply problems during the devastating floods in Pasir Puteh two years back which got him thinking about the idea of a current-free powerbank.
“The 6.5 volt device designed especially for charging smartphones is light, eco-friendly and user-friendly.
“This power bank does not have any negative impact on consumers as it is environmental friendly and MRSM has submitted our invention to be patented,” Berita Harian reports.
The three main components used to create their winning invention are coal, aluminium and brine which acted to generate electricity, the duo explained to the press.
Adding to their joy, several countries such as Nigeria and Algeria have already expressed interest in marketing their product in their countries.
“For nearly two years we devoted our energy and creativity to create this invention and finally it has given us great satisfaction,” said the Kuala Terengganu lad.
Both students said that this victory has always been their dream and besides reaching their goal, they are also jubilant to have made MRSM and Malaysia proud.