Lancaster students win renewable energy awards


Three students from Lancaster University were presented with awards from the Institution of Mechanical Engineering for renewable energy and hydro power projects.

The three Engineering students – Oliver Feather, Kingsley Adinnu and Sam Lomas – were presented with the awards by the Chairman of IMechE’s Fluid Machinery Group, Robert Brown.

Feather won the IMechE Best Project Award for his project on the Solway Firth tidal barrage turbine performance optimization. Adinnu won the Best Project Certificate for his project on the Automation of the Gilkes Pump and Turbine Lab Test Facility and Lomas won The Frederic Barnes Waldron Best Student Award for his project on Siphonic Hydropower.

Two of the students, Feather and Lomas, are currently employed in the field – at Sulzer in Leeds and Biwater in Manchester, respectively. Adinnu is completing his fourth year of his degree at Lancaster this year.

The project was supervised by Dr. George Aggidis, the director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group. He hopes that this will be a good beginning to the careers of these students.

“This shows the standard of expertise at LUREG which is one of the best in the UK. We are world leading in this cutting edge research and the students benefit from this. It’s unusual for three to get awards from the same area and this will be a highlight of their career,” Aggidis said.

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