On Friday last, as part of the beginning of Tech Week in St. Brendans’s N.S., and to celebrate the fact that St. Brendan’s has been awarded a second green flag for Energy, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Aidan Mahony with an electric car! Here’s what some of the pupils from fifth and sixth classes had to write about what they learned…..
“On the 24th of April, Aidan Mahony, an engineer from Cork County Council, came to our school to educate us about technology and energy saving, due to the fact that the day before it was Earth Energy Saving Day and the week after was Tech Week. He taught us about electric cars and how they are a lot more environmentally friendly than petrol or diesel cars. They take 6 hours to charge and have a charging hole on the bonnet. The plug can connect to a socket in the house so it costs a lot less to refill than getting oil imported.”
“The car was called the Nissan Leaf. It uses a motor to power it and, instead of using petrol or diesel, it runs on electricity. It is much quieter than a normal car and takes about 5 to 6 hours to charge up to a full battery! There are a number of places spread around Cork where you can charge your car.”
(If you would like to check out some of these stations, they can be found on a map here https://www.esb.ie/electric-cars/electric-car-charging/electric-car-charge-point-map.jsp )
“Aidan showed us all the cars features. It makes very little noise, has very little tax, doesn’t need petrol or diesel but it also has a few little disadvantages. It can only travel at 90km per hour, needs regular charging and the batteries cost a lot of money. These need regular changing and there are 24 of them!”
“Due to the lack of energy capacity, long journeys have to be planned a lot better. There are charge points for electric cars all over Ireland, all within 50km of each other. ”
“Aidan also talked about street lights with us. He brought a few models of the new street lights that will be able to last for 25 years, as the ones we have now only last about 3-4 years. The newer lights cost about €300 – €500 per light. He also told us about L.E.D. lights and how they work. He told us you can find them in most places, such as the T.V.”
“Aidan showed us a lot of other things like traffic lights, LED lights, school lights, street lights, windmills, solar panels, etc. We had a very enjoyable time with him!”