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Tired of those high up front costs and months of consultation and planning for installing renewable energy systems? Think you know just what mix of renewable energy technologies is needed to scrap fossil and nuclear fuels? Then a new online game from a Hong Kong company might be just the thing to live out your renewable energy fantasies.

Hong Kong, China – December 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Tired of those high up front costs and months of consultation and planning for installing renewable energy systems? Think you know just what mix of renewable energy technologies is needed to scrap fossil and nuclear fuels? Then a new online game from a Hong Kong company might be just the thing to live out your renewable energy fantasies. Or at least a way to bring your kids up to speed. Software company Artificial Life has unveiled its first educational online game called Eco Champ which specifically aims to educate and entertain with renewable energy as the focus. The company said they are targeting young Asian students aged between 12 and 18 years and secondary schools in Greater China and Asia. The game will be offered through a subscription-based revenue model and will be available in both English and Chinese. Other languages will be implemented in 2004. “The concept of renewable energy resources is quite unknown in most parts of Asia,” said Eberhard Schoeneburg, CEO of Artificial Life. “We are trying to promote environmentally friendly energy concepts with this game.” The purpose of the game is to introduce students and a young audience in a playful and educational way to the concept of environmentally friendly renewable energy alternatives and resources. A player has to maintain the power level of a virtual island by installing renewable energy sources of six different kinds: wind, solar, wave and tidal, hydro, geothermal and biogas in the appropriate locations by taking into account the most relevant factors for the efficient use of these resources in the corresponding locations such as wind, temperature patterns and elevation level. The game is supported by an “intelligent agent” that may be used and consulted at any time by the player to master the game. However, the usage of the intelligent agent will influence the virtual cash resources available to a player – just like a real consultant. The more a player knows about renewable energy the more virtual money will be available to him/her and the more virtual money can be used to build new power resources. A player can increase his/her virtual money resource by answering questions correctly. The game will be augmented and promoted by an additional SMS game called “Eco Champ Wizard” in which contestants have to answer environmental questions.