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Sustainability Launch Pad

Inspiring wind energy and wilderness projects win 2018 Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad Awards.

The Final of the 2018 Sustainability and Energy Launch Pad took place at the UCD Confucius Centre on November 28th.  Viridians, mediating wind energy developments in rural Irish communities, and Planet 0, a high-impact app that brings home the climate change impact of deforestation were named joint first-place winners of the Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad Award 2018, announced this week at UCD.

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainability and Energy LaunchPad is led by UpThink Innovation Agency in partnership with the UCD Energy Institute and UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. The program is open to fourth-year and Master’s engineering students who work alongside the industry partners which this year included Mainstream Renewables, IWEA, GridBeyond and Evocco through Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.  Supernodes, a team proposed by Mainstream Renewables Chairman Dr. Eddie O’Connor also took part in the launchpad led by Rob O’Connor.  Eddie delivered a keynote address during the awards, commending the participants for their commitment to becoming agents of change.

“You have to think your way out in the future in business, because it’s really competitive,” said Eddie O’Connor. “The only way you can do this is by having the very best students and postgrads working with you, motivating them, keeping them interested and giving them a sense of purpose.”

Dr. Andrew Keane, Head of Energy Institute said, “The depth of talent coming through from our Engineering teams is impressive, as is their commitment to taking on the big challenges that face society.  The collaboration between our UCD teams and industry partners makes this a unique programme.”

Full Details on the Event can be viewed here at the School of Engineering and Architecture Website.