Engineering our way to a sustainable future

Four Year 12 boys taking part in the national Engineering Education scheme are working at the forefront of environmental technology.

The boys, Jack Evans, Andrew Kettenis, Ibiyemi Ogunyemi and Rikesh Poonja, who were selected from 20 QE candidates, are working in partnership with local company Lovell Partnerships to design an energy system based on a hydrogen fuel cell. The system will be suitable for incorporation into new developments to power heating and lighting in a more sustainable way, meeting Government eco-targets.

The team, along with QE Head of Design Simon Vincent, attended a three-day residential workshop in the University of Hertfordshire, where they worked alongside Lovell engineers to clarify their concepts and start testing. 

  • QE pupils Priyesh Patel, Sam Catchpole-Smith, Sergio Ronchetti and Nikul Vadgama have taken the Arkwright Scholarship examination and are waiting for the results. Under the national scheme to support young engineers, successful candidates receive a scholarship in their Sixth Form years. Other recent developments in QE’s Design and Technology Department include the installation of new sanding tables to reduce dust contamination in the workshops.