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New remote learning research project launched for students with an interest in offshore wind

The UK is on a journey of energy transition towards net-zero by 2050, and a group of key players have come together to create three at-home projects to help students on their journey into the sector.
An increase in wind power has helped to set a new record for clean energy use in the UK. Renewable energy made up a record-breaking 47% of the UK's electricity generation in the first three months of this year according to the government’s official data.
The figures reveal that for the first quarter of 2020, wind power generated 30% of the UK's electricity, beating the previous record of 22.3% in the final months of 2019*.
Offshore wind farms saw a 53% increase in renewable energy generation on the previous year, while onshore wind generation grew by a fifth.
The Ogden Trust has launched an Offshore Wind Research Project for the 2020 Coastal Energy programme, in collaboration with Vattenfall, James Fisher Marine Service, ScottishPower Renewables, CREST and EEEGR.
The group has produced three briefs, aimed at post-16 students, to help guide them through an offshore wind research project which links with the CREST Gold Award.
The Costal Energy Internship programme is normally available to students at seven affiliated schools and colleges in the Lowestoft, Grimsby, and Barrow-in-Furness areas* – prime locations of the offshore energy sector. The new project-based approach will mean that any student who is interested in utilising their STEM skills and knowledge, and developing their understanding of this growth industry can take part.
“The Coastal Energy Internship programme has been growing in momentum and impact over the past few years and we didn’t want to lose that initiative when the coronavirus lockdown made work-based placements impossible,” said programme lead John Best. “Instead of the placements, we have developed these three exciting projects that students can carry out in their own time. The students can work towards a CREST Gold award, whilst learning about local industry and building connections with business.
“We really hope that students will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this vital and vibrant industry. Combined with a CREST Gold award, these projects could make a valuable contribution to a student’s progression, CV and plans, in a summer where circumstances are undoubtedly challenging.”
You can find out more about Coastal Energy 2020 and about each of the projects here.
*For students from schools and colleges already involved in Coastal Energy internships, the registration fee for CREST will be covered by The Ogden Trust, and students will receive a £50 voucher for successfully completing the project. Please speak to your college champion for further information on the additional support available.
Schools and colleges involved in the Coastal Energy internship programme:
  • East Coast College
  • East Norfolk Sixth Form
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College
  • UTC Norfolk
  • Ulverston Victoria High School
  • Franklin Sixth Form College
  • Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form