Small-scale biomass projects for community use have the potential to help Scotland achieve its ambitious renewable energy targets and the enthusiasm of young Scots for renewable energy technology can make all the difference in ensuring these are achieved, according to Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick.
Joe was speaking after presenting the awards at the Go4SET Dundee Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) event in the Bonar Hall
The Go4SET biomass project began in September 2011 and school teams of six 12 to 14 year olds (S2) from Dundee, Perth and Angus schools worked with their teachers and mentors from industry on the challenging 10-week project.
They were required to research a biomass fuelled renewable electricity and heat plant for their school, provide a written report and produce a model for display at the event.
Joe commented “It was a pleasure to meet the students and to learn of their work during their projects.
“The tremendous enthusiasm of young people for renewable energy technology and their awareness of the environment is hugely encouraging.
“The Scottish Government has set world-leading climate change targets and it is the enthusiasm of young Scots which will help ensure these are achieved.”
A team from Harris Academy, mentored by Axeon, were the winners of the Best Overall Project Award and were presented with a trophy and a cheque for £250 by Joe Fitzpatrick MSP. The team will now go forward to the Go4SET Scottish Final which will be held in the Scottish Parliament in May.
Other award winners included another Dundee school, Braeview Academy, who won the Students Choice Award.