PARE ID: PARE26-043
I said ‘My English is very poor, please help me’ for self-introduction on the first day. Before I participated in PARE Summer School 2014, I was very uneasy because I have never discuss or make a presentation in English and talked with foreign people. But in the opening ceremony, five members of our group 4 talked to me friendly, so I felt to relax a little.
After various lectures and field works in Sapporo, Tomakomai and Toya etc., we thought about a possibility to convert the excrement of human into energy by referring to the biogas plant in Machimura farm we visited on 1 September to propose the positive PARE chain. Then we discuss a master plan mainly focused on the biogas plant with organic orchard using mango and mangosteen trees. In Onuma we repeated a discussion for midterm presentation until midnight every day.
Midterm presentation was over without any accidents. Then we separated into each special field and I learned about the biofarming system for aquaculture in Hakodate. It was a very eco-friendly system that pumps up water for culture using electricity produced by small wind turbine or sollar panel. I introduced this experience in Hakodate to my group members after I was back to Sapporo, but regrettably the idea of aquaculture was not adopted in our master plan because our focus was on biogas plant. Instead, I came to present the introduction, so I investigated the population in the world, in Asia and the amount of excrement of human per a day. We made a heated discussion all day long in the day before final presentation. I sometimes could not follow their English, but everyone found I was confused spoke to me slowly and briefly.
Finally we started final presentation from my introduction, and we were able to do our best presentation. During two weeks, I talked with my group members about many topics, not only serious subject for presentation but also trivial subject such as favorite food, songs and boyfriend/girlfriend and we also sing a song together. I really enjoyed all time with them. I was able to spend best two weeks because everyone really helped me. They are my best friends.
Now in my laboratory, I research on impression evaluation of the coastal landscape with or without wind farm. I was able to learn about various renewable energy including wind power through this summer school, and it broadened my horizons. There are many advantages on wind power, geothermal power and hydropower while there are some disadvantages such as initial cost or establishment space. It is very interesting for me to know about many things on renewable energy. I probably will be able to make use of this good experience in my research.
This summer school for two weeks is my lifetime treasure.