Renewable Energy students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University apply studies to innovative solar industry collaboration.
Glyndŵr Innovative Solar Collaboration – Overview
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Engineering students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University will be applying their studies to an innovative industry collaboration this autumn. Working alongside Wrexham-based company Wellpecs Limited, staff on Glyndŵr’s BSc Renewable Energy and in the university’s estates team installed a trial site in the university’s quad for an invention by Wellpecs MD Dave Thelwell.
The invention is a new kind of solar panel. The panel has a number of key innovations and moderations made by the Wellpecs team to enhance its operations. Following its installation, students on Glyndŵr’s Renewable Energy BSc will be working to gather crucial data throughout the year. This work will demonstrate its capabilities as Wellpecs take their prototype to investors.
While work to install the panel on-site was carried out in 2019, the initial set of studies had to be paused due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, as students return, a new team are set to take over the monitoring and hope to assess the capabilities of the device.
Lesley Griffiths Comes To Call!
Among those who have already taken an interest in the work Glyndŵr are carrying out with Wellpecs is Lesley Griffiths. The MS for Wrexham made a socially-distanced visit to the university’s quadrangle earlier this summer to hear about the invention in addition to how Glyndŵr’s research will be used to help assess its benefits.
During her visit, she met Mr Thelwell, University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Taylor and Renewable Energy Programme Leader David Sprake. Also present was Nigel Nicoll from Business Wales, who is helping to advise Wellpecs.
Mr Sprake said: “Our courses are not simply about theoretical learning. They also involve our students getting hands-on experience in all kinds of industrial settings and working alongside companies across Britain.
“When we were approached by a company in Wrexham, I knew there could be an interesting project for our students with the potential for some fascinating real-world applications.
“It was great to be able to show Lesley the work we have already done. We could talk about how we can collaborate with industry on projects like this. She also told us more about some of the great work Wales is already doing with renewable energy.
Glyndŵr Innovative Solar Collaboration – Students Supporting A Local Firm
“I’d like to thank Lesley for visiting us, Dave and his team for entrusting their invention to our care and the Estates team at Glyndŵr for their work in helping to set up the project. It promises to be a fascinating way for our students to support a local firm.”
Lesley Griffiths MS said: “Wrexham Glyndŵr University has an excellent track record of working with local businesses. This latest collaboration builds on that reputation. Moreover, it was good to hear more about this fascinating project and how the students’ research will help Wellpecs develop their innovative product. Despite the challenges posed by coronavirus.
“I wish the project and all involved the very best for the future.”
Feature photograph line-up from left to right: Lesley Griffiths MS, David Thelwell, Nigel Nicoll, David Sprake, Professor Claire Taylor
About Wrexham Glyndŵr University
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Founded in 2008, Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a young, bold and vibrant university based in north-east Wales. The university has two campuses in Wrexham, Plas Coch and Regent Street plus campuses in Northop and St Asaph. In addition, in 2017, the university won the silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework for the quality of teaching.
The university is driving academic excellence through a wide range of innovative and industry-relevant courses. Examples are Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, Creative Arts, Criminology and Psychology.
In conclusion, Wrexham Glyndŵr has been a Top 100 University in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards in 2019 and 2020. Besides this, the Campus 2025 strategy encompasses plans for new student accommodation, car parking and upgraded facilities over the next five years.
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