Wheal Jane Group

Engineering students tackle renewable energy scheme at Wheal Jane

After a very polished presentation to Directors of the Wheal Jane Group, five 4th year Engineering students from Exeter University based at the Tremough campus will spend the next three months working up a hydroelectricity generating project for the Wheal Jane site.

The project already has planning consent as part of the Wheal Jane Development Masterplan, and is one of five potential renewable energy projects identified within the plan. A commercial scale solar PV array is already operating on the site.

The project will involve dealing with all aspects of the project, from its initial feasibility and detailed design through to its funding and financial implications, in order to produce a full business plan for the implementation of the scheme.

The project provides a unique local opportunity for the students to be involved in an exciting live project from its conception to its completion. The group will have full access to the site and the location for the project, and will be working closely with various Wheal Jane Group staff during the course of the project.

Course lecturer Justin Hinshelwood commented, “This collaboration between the students and local business is just the kind of project the students need to develop their skills and gain experience… the group are all looking forward to working with Wheal Jane and contributing to the company’s ambitious plans for the site”.

12th March 2014


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