A couple of weeks ago we reported how two sets of Sussex based student innovators had been shortlisted in two different categories in the Telegraph STEM awards 2014 and yesterday, at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects headquarters in London, they picked up their awards – narrowly missing out on the overall £25,000 prize.
Richard Ogodeton won the Environment category with his product Coflo – a water saving shower, and final-year Mechanical Engineering student Daniel Crumpton and his team won the Automotive category of the STEM Awards with their new generator that makes electric-car engines lighter and more efficient. He worked on the project with fellow MEng Mechanical Engineering students Owen Joslin and Adam Richardson, as well as Gabriel Holdgate, MEng Automotive Engineering, and Justin Sarpong, MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Their CAROP generator could make it much cheaper and energy-efficient to run an extended range electric vehicle (E-REV).
“Our design is a step forward for the automotive industry to increase the efficiency of range-extended electric vehicles. It is still at an early stage but, with more research, this could become a product that reduces carbon emissions the world over.” said Daniel.
“Studying a STEM subject at university has many benefits. As well as good job opportunities, you gain the knowledge and skills you need to solve challenging problems in the real world.”
Richard Gray, science correspondent at the Telegraph, said: “One of the most exciting elements of my job, on a daily basis, is hearing and writing about many of the truly gobsmacking feats British scientists and engineers are achieving. It would be a tragedy if that were to dry up.
“I hope these awards will inspire STEM graduates to take their place among our country’s greatest minds and I look forward to writing about their achievements in years to come.”
And even though they missed out on the top prize of £25,000, the teams will have valuable access to advice from industry experts as to how to take their projects onto the next level.
(photos via Sussex)