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Local businesses to benefit from students energy efficiency expertise

As the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project breathes new life into some of Camborne’s most historic buildings, students from Cornwall College Camborne and Camborne Science and Community College are sharing their skills as energy consultants to help reduce the environmental impact of the renovations.

The assignments are part of the Schools for Intelligent Energy Use (SIEU) project which includes eleven partners across nine EU countries.  The UK element of the programme is being delivered by Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The students are working with The Old Fire Station, The Assembly Rooms and The Corn Exchange in Camborne to identify where energy efficiency measures can help to make the buildings become more sustainable and reduce their running costs.  The students will also be asked to make recommendations on which sustainable building techniques and materials should be used within the project.

A group of ‘A’ level Applied Science Students from Camborne Science and Community College will be studying the energy efficiency opportunities for Wetherspoons at The Corn Exchange as part of their Applied Energy Module.   Young apprentices taking the BTEC Technical Certificate at Cornwall College Camborne are working with The Old Fire Station and The Assembly Rooms for their projects.

The SIEU project is also seeing a group of students from Cornwall College Camborne’s BTEC National Diploma in Engineering course team up with Tulip’s premium bacon preparation and slicing plant in Redruth, to help the business investigate the potential for energy efficiency measures within the building’s water heating system.

Local hard metal engineering specialists WES engineering solutions are taking part in the SIEU project by setting Performing Engineering NVQ level 2 students from Cornwall College Camborne the challenge of identifying how the business can reduce the energy required to light its premises on the Treleigh Industrial Estate in Redruth. A separate group of students from the same course are working with Fugro Seacore in Falmouth to identify how behavioural change and appropriate equipment can help save energy in their workshop office.

Students from Duchy College Stoke Climsland are helping The College’s Dairy Unit and Equestrian Centre to identify how to reduce their carbon footprint and save money by using energy and water more efficiently.

In north Cornwall, A’ level Applied Science students from Launceston Community College are studying books in a completely different way from their usual studies after starting a project to help their local libraries save money on their energy bills.  As part of their project research the students are visiting Launceston, Liskeard, Callington and Bude Libraries to examine the energy consumption of each of the buildings and identify if behavioural changes or specific equipment can help the buildings to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon emissions.

Over the next few weeks the students will analyse the measurements and observations taken during their recent site visits and consult with local energy advice experts to prepare a report which will be presented to their business clients at the end of term.

Launceston Community College students have also teamed up with the town’s indoor skate part ‘The UNIT’ to help the facility improve its energy efficiency and reduce its running costs.

Clare Langdon, Senior Project Officer at Community Energy Plus said: “The SIEU project is an excellent way of inspiring young minds to see how what they have learnt in the classroom can be applied to real life business situations and give them the confidence to carry out their own research which has real value to their business clients.  The students enjoyed their site visits and collected a lot of useful information. I look forward to seeing how they apply their fresh thinking and enthusiasm to encourage their clients to get energy wise and save money.”

For further information about the Camborne Townscape Heritage Initiative visit Cornwall Council’s website.