Maarssen, 11 June 2013 - Students from Saxion University of Applied Sciences received the first prize at the presentation of the GasTerra Transitie Jaarprijs (GTJP). They came up with the idea of a magnetic upgrade kit for attaching to old radiators which circulates the air around the radiators. The jury commended this idea, because what in itself is a simple upgrade offers an easy and convenient way to save energy. The second prize went to students from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen and the third prize to students from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Students have been working very hard over the past few months to develop creative, innovative energy solutions for the GTJP. Ten ideas were finally selected from all the ideas sent in and nominated for the GTJP event on 11 June 2013.
The tension mounted during the event. The ten nominees presented their ideas with passion in front of an expert jury consisting of chairman Hugo Brouwer (macro-economist at the Ministry of Economic Affairs), Han Brezet (professor of sustainable product development at TU Delft), Hans Alders (President of Energie-Nederland) and Marga Hoek (director at De Groene Zaak). The ideas were of a very high standard, varying from solutions for winter problems on the railway to an app that warns consumers when products go past their use-by date.
As the time for the presentation approached, jury chairman, Hugo Brouwer, built up the suspense by amplifying first on why the three groups of students were standing on the podium. Then Thom de Graaf, chairman of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences presented the first prize to the Saxion students. International students from Hanze University Groningen won the second prize and the internet prize. They conceived the idea for the Farmers in Foqus campaign, in which farmers were invited to install solar panels on their farm buildings for FrieslandCampina. Finally, the third prize went to the students from The Hague for their energy saving retro-fit facade for the University Medical Centre in Groningen. As well as the presentations of the ten nominees, Thom de Graaf gave a passionate speech about applied sciences students. Astronaut André Kuipers called on those present to follow their dreams and pursue technical subjects. After all, that's where the jobs of the future will be.
Natural gas trading company, GasTerra, organises the GTJP for students at universities of applied sciences every year. The company asks students to devise creative and innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption, solutions which must be both sustainable and practicable. This year the students had the choice between coming up with their own idea or developing a case for one of the eight participating companies.