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Engineers Wanted!

Greenpower, Wednesday 17th August, 2011


There's never been a better time to go into engineering. 

This week BP announced that they are seeing a shortage of Engineering graduates and so are struggling to fill the vacancies they've created.  Unfortunately there are not enough people choosing to study engineering at university.  Although university engineering departments are still thriving, much of that is down to international students who often don't stay in the UK after their studies have finished. 

Green Ocean Giants

Emma, Wednesday 17th August, 2011


Here is a great link to a bit of interactive fun from the BBC.  It's all about how to build a giant wind turbine out at sea.  These ways of producing "green" energy are becoming more and more important as more of the world develops and the demand for energy increases.  But have you ever thought about how they manage to build one of those towering structures miles out to sea?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14412189

What do Lewis Hamilton and Iron Man have in common?

Emma, Wednesday 17th August, 2011


What do Lewis Hamilton and Iron Man have in common...?

They both work in industries that have helped a teenage boy who was born without one of his hands have a new lease of life!

The formula 1 team Mercedes GP Petronas have collaborated with Touch Bionics to use technology from both of their engineering teams to create a brand new hand for Matthew James.  His new hand will have motors in each of the fingers to allow independent control which means he'll be able to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible for him.

A day in a different office

Hannah, Tuesday 16th August, 2011


Today Jeremy and Hannah are out of the Greenpower HQ and are based in Chichester at the Unipro offices. Its all hands on deck here sorting out the contents for for the brand new Greenpower website, which will be launched soon. All are waiting in anticipation to see the finished item, which will hopefully make many things (including entering events) much easier for all involved.....watch this space! 

Greenpower Holidays

Emma, Tuesday 16th August, 2011


August may seem like a very quiet time for the Greenpower team, with all the schools on summer holidays and our next event not until September it's a good time for us to take a bit of holiday and recover from our busy summer season!  However, it's not all sunshine and paddling pools, no!

We are working on some very exciting projects at the moment, one of those being this sparkling new website. 

Back to School

Emma, Monday 15th August, 2011


It was back to school this afternoon for Hannah and Emma B as they spent some time with Vaughn Clarke who is one of the trustees, he also happens to be Emma B's old technology teacher! 

Bluebird Update

Emma, Monday 15th August, 2011


Unfortunately the Bluebird team who were hoping to set a new British Land Speed Record in an Electric car this weekend have had to delay their attempt.  As Joe Wales took to the wheel to go for the 1/4 mile and 500 metre records he hit a pothole and damaged the suspension of the car.  Those of you who have very low cars in the F24 and F24+ categories will know just how limited visibility can be, especially if the sun is in your eyes!

The team will be back to try again once they've patched up the car.

Interesting Article

Jeremy, Friday 12th August, 2011


Back at Greenpower's first event at Silverstone on Sunday 1st May we were delighted to welcome renowned F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton and give a guided tour of the event. Today Maurice's excellent report from the event has been published online at http://www.grandprix.com/columns/maurice-hamilton/the-next-newey.html. Enjoy!

Bluebird Speed Record Attempt

Emma, Thursday 11th August, 2011


We've been very excitedly following the progress of the Bluebird Land speed record attempt for an electric car. 

Don Wales set the current British record 10 years ago at 137mph and is aiming to take that up to 150mph this weekend at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire in Wales.  His son will also take to the sands and try to break the records for the 1/4 mile and 500 metre speed records and he's only 19 years old! 

Setting the Regs

Jeremy, Thursday 11th August, 2011


An annual task undertaken by the Greenpower Steering Group at this time of year is the reviewing of the season's regulations and making any amendments to the following year's regulations in light of any incidents or potential incidents that have been noted. We also take into account questions received throughout the year to make sure the regulations are as comprehensive as possible, whilst remaining easy to understand. Stability in regulations is an important factor so we try to make as few changes as possible each year, and to now give advance notice of any major changes.

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