Sander Visser, Matthijs Noordhoek and Arianne Woudstra, who are studying at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, have won the GasTerra Energizer Award (GTEA).
Students at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen win the 2015 GasTerra Energizer Award
Groningen, 3 July 2015 – Sander Visser, Matthijs Noordhoek and Arianne Woudstra, who are studying at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, have won the top GasTerra Energizer Award (GTEA) prize. They thought up a plan for converting gas extraction sites that are no longer productive into a sustainable transformed energy plant. The second prize went to Ludo Stanziani of Avans University of Applied Sciences for an application enabling local authorities to influence user behaviour. The third prize was awarded to Stingo Huurdeman of Utrecht University of Applied Sciences for the development of an idea on the use of reusable façade elements in construction.
Over the past few months, students taking courses in higher vocational education have been working hard on thinking up creative and innovative energy solutions for the GasTerra Energizer Award (GTEA). Out of all the graduation projects received, ten were selected for the GTEA Event held on 3 July 2015 in the Infoversum, Groningen. The submissions were or high quality, ranging from sustainable reuse of office buildings, a policy plan for local authorities to make public spaces completely energy-neutral, to a game combining the transmission of information about sustainable energy with movement.
Tension was high during this event. The ten nominees presented their graduation projects with verve in front of a jury of experts consisting of chairman Thom de Graaf, chairman of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, Hugo Brouwer, formerly a macro-economist working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Paulien Herder, professor of Engineering Systems Design at Delft Technical University. In addition to the three prizes, the finalists also had the chance of winning the audience prize, a travel cheque worth € 250 offered by Internoord Reizen in Groningen. This prize was given to Jimmy Pieterson and Hester van Haalen, students at Avans University of Applied Sciences, who got most votes from the audience.
The jury eventually decided to award the first prize to the Sustainable Transformed Energy Plant submitted by Sander, Matthijs and Arianne. They developed this graduation project for Royal HaskoningDHV. Jury chairman Thom de Graaf praised its creativity, topicality and good technical, legal and financial analysis. The second prize went to Ludo Stanziani for I Sit, a service tool which shows local authorities how they can save energy by affecting user behaviour. Jury member Hugo Brouwer commented that the outstanding feature of this idea was its practical and innovative approach, especially with regard to the partners who would need to be involved. Finally, Stingo Huurdeman took third prize for his graduation project for Heijmans Utiliteit, on the development of reusable façade element. “This graduation project also took proper account of the various revenue models and social aspects of the use of fully recyclable façade elements in construction”, said jury member Paulien Herder.
In addition to the presentations by the ten nominees, the 2013 prizewinner, Erik Bozelie, gave a passionate speech about what happens after winning the prize. His idea, a smart radiator upgrade which reduces gas consumption and so cuts energy bills, is about to come onto the market. Art Rooijakkers, the host of the event, recommends placing orders without delay! DJ Jonas van der Vlugt got the fine summer day off to a lively conclusion.
A competition among the top students of applied sciences from all parts of the Netherlands to see whose ambitious graduation project focused on sustainability is best: in brief, that is what the GasTerra Energizer Award (GTEA) is all about. GasTerra, a company which trades in natural gas, organised this competition for the sixth time. Students were given the option of submitting their own graduation project in the free-choice category or working on a graduation project for one of the five partners Enexis, Heineken, Heijmans, Royal HaskoningDHV and UMCG. For more information, visit www.gtea.nl