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HKUST duo wins Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City competition

Zafirah Salim | July 14, 2014
This international competition challenges students to come up with innovative solutions for efficient energy management.


Team Hong Kong, "Enerby", formed by Chan Jing Deng Keith (centre) and Lee Man Ki (right) from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, won Schneider Electric's global business case challenge Go Green in the City 2014.

Team "Enerby" from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has won the Schneider Electric's global business case challenge Go Green in the City, the energy management company announced last Friday (July 11, 2014).

Working in teams of two with the support of a mentor from Schneider Electric, students were required to devise viable solutions for energy management sectors critical to cities, such as home, university, retail, water and hospital.

The winning duo - Chan Jin Deng Keith and Lee Man Ki from HKUST's Division of Environment - beat 11 other finalist teams with their business case Energy Forecast Programme, which integrates smart plugs to allow smart metering through a mobile application.

The finals of the competition were held in Paris from June 17 to 21, 2014; whereby finalists presented their efficient energy management solutions for smart cities at the Group's headquarters to a jury composed of Schneider Electric senior management.

Besides that, the finalists visited facilities of the Group, networked with Schneider Electric employees and attended career-building workshops. The students also had the opportunity to tour an energy-efficient solar village under construction for the Solar Decathlon - an ongoing student competition in Versailles, France, that is also sponsored by the company.

On top of that, the winning team was also offered professional job opportunities with Schneider Electric.

"From the success of this fourth edition of Go Green in the City, we can see the increased interest of students around the world in energy issues," said Karen Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, Schneider Electric. "Attracting further talent in a very competitive market is a real challenge for Schneider Electric, and through this competition, we are delighted to interact with these young people from all over the world, who share our passion for prudent use of our precious energy resources and for creating a more sustainable future."

"Go Green in the City has been a tremendous success in fostering new talent for the thriving green industry. We remain committed to nurturing the next generation, and are also dedicated to providing them with more energy management knowledge to enhance their interest and success in engaging in the promising energy management industry," added Ferguson.

 

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