Fuelling the workforce of the future

The picture shows (left to right): Eve Playfor, Christopher Whelan, Amber Reeve, Sarah Richardson, Dr Martine Crilley (College Principal) and Ken Porteous and Norman Brown of Sembcorp.
The picture shows (left to right): Eve Playfor, Christopher Whelan, Amber Reeve, Sarah Richardson, Dr Martine Crilley (College Principal) and Ken Porteous and Norman Brown of Sembcorp.

SIXTH form students with a passion for engineering have paid a visit to a power station which uses green energy.

The 16 and 17 year-olds, from English Martyrs Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, visited Sembcorp Utilities’ £64m biomass power station at the Wilton International site.

The visit was carried out as part of the national Engineering Edcation Scheme (EES) and showed how Sembcorp produces enough energy to power the equivalent of 50,000 households from sustainably-sourced wood.

The EES scheme aims to build on students’ interest in engineering by getting them out of the classroom and giving them experience of real projects.

Sembcorp has given its time and shared its engineering expertise with English Martyrs for four years.

This year saw the Hartlepool team being set a challenge to develop a wood chip sensor and display system for a drag chain conveyor at the biomass plant.

Ken Porteous, the Sembcorp development manager who organised the visit, said: “These young people are aiming to be the engineers of the future.

“It is important to showcase what we can do, particularly in green energy production and complex instrumentation systems, to stimulate their own thoughts and to get them thinking about the challenges they will face in their careers.”