An innovative charity that brought the UK’s first ever electric race on closed roads to Hull will be back in the city to display their cars and projects at an exciting energy conference next week.
The Greenpower Education Trust, recently nominated for the Innovation in STEM Inspiration Award, who provide opportunities for young people aged between 9 and 25 years old to build their own electric-powered kit cars, will be exhibiting at the Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference and exhibition at the Bonus Arena on November 5 and 6.
At the conference – the first ever convened by the eleven Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships to discuss the energy sector and decarbonisation in the region – Greenpower will host a stand featuring these low emission kit cars including the one pictured which has been decorated with the event’s branding. The stand will also feature a ‘wheel change challenge’, offering delegates the opportunity to test their own engineering prowess in timed tasks.
The charity has a ‘Greenpower Campus’ at the University of Hull – which supports those taking part in events in the Humber area, with facilities onsite including all the tools necessary for fabrication and assembly of F24 Greenpower cars and components, including an extensive range of hand tools and battery powered power tools.
The 2019 race saw the roads of Hull City Centre closed, with cars racing on the streets around the Guildhall, as groups of young people from schools and colleges across the area took part in races. The event was sponsored by Green Port Hull and supported by the Regional Growth Fund.
Lord Chris Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership who are organising the conference on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse, said:
“The Greenpower Hull street race provided a fantastic opportunity for the region’s young people to learn important STEM skills earlier this year, and we’re thrilled to have them back in the region to display their cars at the Energy and Clean Growth conference.
“This project put Hull on the map when it took place in the city centre in April, and Greenpower has opportunities for young people not just to learn about engineering but to also think about green energy – something that will be a key topic at this conference.
“Young people are very much engaged with creating an environmentally friendly society so it’s especially great that those in the Humber have been given this brilliant opportunity.”
Paul van Veggel, CEO, Greenpower Education Trust, said:
“In April 2019, Greenpower held the first ever Electric Street race in Hull showcasing
the amazing capability of the young people in the Northern Powerhouse region.
“This unique challenge involved hundreds of young people designing and building their single seater electric cars before racing them around the street of Hull city centre. This unique opportunity, tailored to renewable and sustainable energy, inspires them to see a STEM career in this sector as an exciting, rewarding future.
“For this reason we are delighted to be attending the Energy and Clean Growth conference in order to continue our longstanding successful relationship with the region and the sector. We could not be more proud of all that these young people have achieved and are really looking forward to engaging even more teams across the Northern Powerhouse in 2020.”
Brian Houston, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Hull University, said:
“From an academic perspective, it is very important to ensure that our aspiring engineers have opportunities to appreciate and apply sustainability in what they do, this in turn allows them to leave University with the skills necessary to have a positive societal impact throughout their professional activities.”
“Projects like Greenpower also provide an invaluable opportunity to apply the fundamental and theoretical principles they learn at University, to a tangible real- world application.”
“The fact that all the cars are required to use the same motor and battery specification is particularly influential; as it encourages the participants to explore performance improvements through careful and calculated efficiency enhancements, which in turn embeds and embellishes an engineering ethos which is vital to ensuring a cleaner and sustainable future.”