Clear-thinking pupils on to winner with an ice idea
ICE is not often a problem for firefighters, but a group of teenagers have made sure the local brigade's tenders will never again suffer from frosted windows.
Transition year pupil Stephen Brosnan (16) and his fellow entrepreneurs have developed a liquid that prevents ice forming on windscreens.
Limerick Fire Brigade has bought a batch of the product, called F21-D, created by Stephen and fellow pupils Simon Geaney, Luke Barry, Shauna Tobin and Tom Flavin from Desmond College in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick.
The pupils have set up a company, also called F21-D, that makes car-care products and has received an order for 2,000 units from a global tyre distribution company.
Stephen said they came up with the idea for their anti-freeze product after his father hit a road barrier because of an iced windscreen. They are now thinking of bottling the product in China, he said.