Alex Moubrey, Anna Kvarngren, Marc de Villiers and Pieterjan Van Uytvanck, all undergraduates taking the Chemical Engineering BA/MEng, have made it through to the final of the npower Energy Challenge. They were supported by lecturer Dr Bart Hallmark.
Now in its fourth year, the Energy Challenge brings together some of the UK's and Germany's brightest undergraduate minds. In teams of four, the students have to develop a solution to the topical question:
'How should a power generation and supply company respond to climate change?'
Initially, they wrote a 500 word summary on how they would approach the Challenge question. Then on 18 February 2010 they took part in the regional heat at TSG Ferrybridge, near Leeds. They now have a place in the final which will take place at Wembley Stadium, London, on 15 March 2010. In the final, they'll present to the CEO of npower along with the head of engineering and marketing. Our team will be the only one from Cambridge in the final.
The winning team will be awarded £1,250 per student as well as £5,000 for the academic department of the sponsoring lecturer. There will also be runner up cash prizes for the second and third placed teams.
The challenge is an invaluable networking opportunity for participants to meet with npower staff from across the UK and Germany. It adds a practical dimension to participants' studies, with the heat including an "awesome" tour of the Ferrybridge workshops, and the all important commercial awareness so many employers seek.