Students from South Devon UTC are exploring the future of renewable energy in a challenge set by industry experts.
Last week, the Year 10 and 12 students visited Roadford Lakes for the launch of an energy efficiency project with Exeter-based South West Water.
The students discovered how the company is working towards a target of generating 20 per cent of its total energy use through wind, solar and hydro turbines.
They will take their findings back to the UTC to support a project to improve energy efficiency at the new school site at Kingsteignton Road. This will include working in teams to recommend a strategy to reduce waste and increase use renewable sources.
Student Joe Strickland said: “The visit was a great opportunity to see how a company like South West Water is using alternative means of energy to lead its operations. There was lots to learn from and the challenge now is to translate this into the running of our own school building. Visits such as this bring our subjects to life and help you to see how you can apply the knowledge and skills you are developing in the real world.”
In the afternoon, instructors at Roadford Lakes Outdoor Activity centre led a range of dry and water sports, where students were given an opportunity to windsurf, kayak, sail and climbing.