Student Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity to tackle low carbon energy

July 19th, 2010 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Sponsorship from Guernsey Electricity means Elizabeth College student Christopher Galpin will be attending the Smallpeice Trust low carbon energy challenge at Newcastle University.

The world is facing up to the challenge of finding alternative energy sources and this event encourages young people to the study power that can be derived from the environment such as tides, waves and wind.

Students must rise to the engineering challenge of capturing environmental energy for themselves.

The year 11 student will have question and answer sessions with leading experts in low carbon and marine engineering and use state-of-the-art research facilities including wave tanks, wind-wave-current tanks and circulating water tanks to conduct tests and experiments.

He will also learn about the engineering challenges involved in capturing, distributing and storing energy from the environment and compete in teams to design and make the more effective and innovative low carbon energy capture devices tested in commercial and research test facilities.

Mr Galpin said: “Reducing our carbon footprint is a big challenge the world faces. I’m hoping to learn more about the issue and come up with some good ideas for how to generate energy from low carbon sources.”

Hermione Surcombe, Guernsey Electricity’s Human Resources Manager said: “Helping Christopher attend this event is very important to us as low carbon energy will play a big part in the island’s future so the more islanders that are aware of the challenges posed by this industry the better. We hope Christopher learns a great deal from the event and brings back some good ideas.”

The course takes place 19-22 July at Newcastle University: www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk

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