Emma Gerrard Renewable Energy

Emma Gerrard, BSc Renewable Energy.

Renewable Energy students seek business placements

The University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and Renewable Energy department are looking for businesses to host student summer placements and projects exploring the opportunities that renewable energy can offer to companies.

Degree and Masters renewable energy student placements and projects are available to any business that can see opportunities for a focus on renewable energy to improve business efficiency or those who are already working within the renewable energy sector.

, Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager for the Environment and Sustainability Institute, said: “Our skilled students have a solid foundation in a wide range of renewable energy technologies alongside project development and planning processes and are looking for varied opportunities to gain invaluable practical experience and make a contribution to the local economy.

“If a business is working in renewable energy and can benefit from reducing its energy use, generating its own renewable energy or from new ideas and support in identifying ways for diversifying in emerging renewable energy markets then this is a great opportunity to get in contact and take advantage of the skills available.

” MEng Renewable Energy student Emma Gerrard carried out her placement last year with wind turbine installation company, Less CO2. Emma said: “I really enjoyed my placement. I’m still in contact with the company and am even continuing to do some work for them. I especially liked the fact that my placement was unique; the company was very new and I was more involved in the office than I had expected which helped me to view the business in a different way. I also went on site, to see two installs and a couple of private contracts - that was the best bit for me. I want to go into construction eventually and to actually be on site reaffirmed this for me.”

For more information on the summer placements and projects available please contact the ESI team on 01326 255818 or email esibusinessenquiries@exeter.ac.uk Some businesses may qualify for financial assistance.

The ESI is working with businesses and enterprises across all sectors of the economy in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services in order to respond to the challenges of environmental change. It has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£22.9M) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6M), with significant support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Date: 19 February 2013

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