Students to take on Engineering challenge for £2000

March 20, 2018

Seven HSDC students will be presenting their vision for a carbon neutral ‘Solent City’ in an engineering competition for £2000.

The two Havant & South Downs College teams will be facing eight other college teams to demonstrate their engineering and scientific flair.

This year’s competition requires student teams to design a carbon neutral ‘Solent City’ of two million inhabitants. They must find innovative ways to generate, supply and consume the city’s energy and transport needs with no net carbon emissions.

Teams must provide detailed descriptions of their proposals, explaining all the principal components of their design solution supported where reasonable by calculations.

HSDC students began the competition in September and submitted their design solutions in February. On 24 March, Sam Walker, Cougar Tasker, Luke Millard, and Ellen Carter in one team, and Charlie Rooks, Joe Griffiths, and Haocheng Lin in the other team, will be making their presentations at the prize giving event being held at Barton Peveril College.

The challenge is organised and funded by Richard Blott and Charles Matthews, two professional engineers who have enjoyed very diverse, rewarding engineering careers.

Their objective is to stimulate student interest in the many potential challenges and opportunities in the profession of engineering.

Previous competitions were to design a human mission to Mars and a very high speed transport system linking London airports.

Full details of the current and past competitions are at