Geneva, April 20 (CNA) Taiwan shone brightly in an annual international invention show in Geneva this year, winning eight special prizes, two more than in the previous year, and 45 gold medals, three more than last year.
In addition, Taiwanese inventors also gained 52 silver medals and 25 bronzes at the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, one of the world's most prestigious invention shows, being held April 18-22.
Right after the award ceremony Friday, President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Vincent Siew sent telegrams to congratulate the inventors on their awards.
Taiwan Invention Association Chairman Chen Tsung-tai attributed the brilliant achievements of the Taiwanese inventors to increasing attention paid by the government to vocational education. Young inventors have been properly encouraged and inspired to create, he said.
Among the eight Taiwanese inventions that won the special prizes, three were awarded by an 85-member international jury for their energy-saving and energy-recycling designs.
The three designs are lamps and fans that can generate power for their own use, a self-governing household security lighting system that requires only 19 watts of power but produces the equivalent of 40 watts, and a wind generator that does not need strong wind but only a breeze to produce power.
Taiwan presented 125 works from 110 inventors at the 2012 Geneva Inventions, which showcased the work of 789 exhibitors from 46 countries. Some 1,000 new inventions from companies, inventors, universities, institutes and private and state organizations were displayed at the show, which is expected to attract 60,000 visitors, according to the organizer.
(By Tsao Yu-fan and Elizabeth Hsu)