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Taiwan wins 40 gold medals at largest invention fair in U.S.

2012/06/16 18:50:49

Pittsburgh, June 15 (CNA) A Taiwanese delegation won 40 gold medals and seven special prizes at the Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX) held in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh Friday.

Taiwan won 40 golds, 28 silvers and seven special awards at the fair, and received an Ambassador Award for excellent performances and active participation in the fair over the years.

The country submitted 89 inventions to America's largest invention fair this year, but it was an invention by a National Chin-Yi University of Technology (NCUT) research team that stood out from the rest to clinch the INPEX Grand Prix-1st Runner Up prize and Best Invention of the Far East award.

An energy-saving device invented by NCUT's Institute of Innovation Technology and Information Management research team led by Weng Kuo-liang, an associate professor, is the first from Taiwan to win the runner up award.

The team's two-way energy conversion device caught the judges' attention for its ability to save energy in air conditioners and heaters by increasing humidity.

The device can help conserve 10 percent of energy in air conditioners, which it does so by boosting humidity during the shut-down procedure, said Weng.

Normally, air conditioners extract humidity, which wastes energy and dehydrates the human body, Weng explained.

In addition, Weng said, the device can give energy savings of around 20 to 30 percent in heaters by keeping the air from becoming too dry in winter.

The design concept of the device is to create a more comfortableliving by using low energy, Weng added.

Weng said it took the team around two years to develop the product and estimated that the device will go into mass production later this year.

(By Leaf Chiang and C.J. Lin)