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Celebrating the winners of npower’s Energy Challenge

1st November 2011 by Roger Ogle

robert buckland, volker beckers, birmingham university studentsBirmingham university students visited Westminster to present their award winning ideas on how the UK could deliver low carbon energy for the future.The team won this year’s RWE npower ‘Energy Challenge’, a nationwide competition which tasks students with devising a solution to the biggest challenge facing the energy sector, ”

How can an energy company respond to the complex challenges of climate change targets, maintain a secure supply for its customers and more importantly ensure that energy bills are affordable?”

Host Robert Buckland MP South Swindon invited students to present their ideas to a number of MPs including Tim Yeo MP Chairman of Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and senior management from RWE npower.

Commenting on the students' project, Robert Buckland said, “The future success of the energy industry and innovation both nationally and internally depends on the engineering graduates in our universities, which is why competitions like Energy Challenge are so important.”

The Birmingham-based team calling themselves ‘Advanced Energy Consultants’ (AEC) won for their solution which included utilising ground source heat pumps to provide an efficient method of heating buildings in both the domestic and commercial sector.

Volker Beckers CEO of RWE npower said: “I would like to congratulate the students from Birmingham University on winning the competition. The world is facing pressing challenges in responding to climate change – how we generate and consume energy is central to meeting the targets that have been set. It’s clear looking at the winning team that we have the young engineers and science undergraduates of today that may be the pioneers of tomorrow.”

The npower Energy Challenge has been running for five years and was set up to find aspiring graduates who have a passion for finding low carbon energy solutions for the future.

Pictured: MP Robert Buckland Swindon South and Volker Beckers CEO RWE Npower join the 4 winning students from Birmingham University.


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