Truro High School wins Siemens Sustainability Award with solar-powered racing car
Truro High speeds around the track in Greenpower’s international final (Image: Adam Piggott)
An independent school in Cornwall saw its team of young engineers win a national award for its solar-powered racing car.
The Greenpower engineering team at Truro High School celebrates winning the Siemens Sustainability Award at the international final.
The award recognizes the team that demonstrates their understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the practical solutions applied to make their involvement in the Greenpower project more sustainable.
Truro High is the only school participating in Greenpower to recharge its race car batteries using energy from a solar-powered trailer, making the school’s fleet one of the greenest in the country.
The Truro, Cornwall-based team have been using their solar-powered trailer for several years, and 12th grade student Charlotte Haynes led the research project into her green credentials that won her the Siemens Prize.
She said: “I am so proud that as a team we are doing our part to protect the planet. Green energy at its heart is about sustainability – the fact that cars run on electricity rather than fuel is amazing and finding solutions so that we can go all the way and use renewable energy is a not so important forward.
“While we need to hold big companies to account when it comes to sustainability, we need to start with our own actions to make a difference and I really hope the trailer inspires more Greenpower teams, and hopefully , more drivers, to do the same. “
Three of the school’s cars qualified for the Greenpower International Final, which saw cars from across the country compete against each other on the world-famous Goodwood racing circuit.
Truro High has received the Spirit of Greenpower award three times and the only school in the country to be recognized as an official club by Motorsport UK – a first in UK automotive history that allows students to undergo training specializing in motorsport and even working at the edge of the track. at Formula 1 events.
ITV Formula One presenter and president of the Truro High Motorsports Club, Louise Goodman said: Greenpower Series.
“The girls don’t just study how to build a car, they actually build it, which makes it a much more engaging experience.”
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