Students from WIT School of Engineering recently spent 3 days in Copenhagen on an Educational Tour. Students from Electrical, Electronic, Sustainable Energy & Building Services Engineering were accompanied by Lecturers Colm Tynan, Tom O Brien & David Williams on the trip.
The trip involved firstly a visit to UN City the United Nations new showcase office complex, which achieved the highest environmental performance certification of LEED Platinum, the building incorporates the latest innovative and sustainable technologies including rain water harvesting, district heating and solar powered electricity, the building is also cooled using sea water.
On the second day of the trip students visited Copenhill Incineration Plant providing electricity and district heating to the residents of Copenhagen, incredibly the plant has zero carbon emissions and incorporates a ski slope on its roof, as well as climbing wall and cafe
On the final day of the trip students visited HOFOR Copenhagens multi utility provider responsible for ensuring that Copenhagen becomes a carbon zero city by 2025, hopefully the first city to do so. HOFOR have incorporated an interactive visitor centre at their building in Copenhagen, to date the visitor centre has welcomed visitors from across the globe. In the afternoon students took time to visit the sights of Copenhagen City.
Copenhagen was chosen as the destination for this year’s trip as it is the most energy efficient capital city in Europe. The city of Copenhagen aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2025 and the entire country of Denmark has set a goal to be Carbon Neutral by 2045. The purpose of the visit to Copenhagen this year was to learn how the Danes plan to achieve these goals in such a short time frame and to understand the technologies and methodologies that they are implementing in order to achieve these goals.
The students would like to thank the staff at UN City, Copenhill & HOFOR for facilitating their visit, they would also like to thank their Lecturers for taking the time to accompany them on the trip. Finally they would like to thank Winthrop Engineering & CIBSE for providing sponsorship for the trip.
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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering