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Solar-powered street lamp wins

  • Zheng Sibo
    Zheng Sibo

Engineering student, Zheng Sibo, from Mt Albert has won $3000 towards course costs for a solar-powered street lamp design created for one of Unitec’s annual sustainability challenges.

Sibo, who is in his second year of a New Zealand Diploma of Engineering, submitted a total of eight entries to the sustainability challenges. His winning design of a dual-facing street light mimics an emerging plant, similar to the sturdy bamboo stalk with opposing leaves. His other designs included a solar powered pod, bicycle ramp and bus stop.

“I get all my creative ideas from the world around me. I am excited about creating something new and making a real contribution.”

Anthony Lai, one of Unitec’s Engineering lecturers, says he encouraged all his electrical engineering students to enter the design competition as a chance to solve real sustainability problems.

“Sibo showed me his designs – they are fascinating. They are modern and have clean lines and great aesthetics. Definitely, I was very impressed, and in my own thinking, he was in for a chance.”

Self-taught in graphic design, Sibo describes himself as a practical and hands-on person. DIY stores are his Disneyland. He came to Unitec from the Northern city of Qinhuangdao in the Hebei Province and returned there during the summer break to work for a solar power company.

“Ultimately I would like to be to be an electrical or technological engineer – or a teacher,” he says.

“I am also a big fan of Marvel comics and superheroes. I have always wanted to style myself on Iron Man. He is an amazing engineer and has amazing motion.”