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Graduates tackle environmental concerns
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Science, IT and Engineering
A group of students from Cambridge University have devised a way for global beauty giant L'Oreal to improve energy efficiency at its South Wales manufacturing plant.
The three engineering students created an environmentally-friendly new green solution that can cut consumption rates at the Llantrisant site by over 50 per cent, according to Online Recruitment.
Using a heat pipe exchanger and a cutting-edge organic process that converts heat into energy, the students developed the system as part of the L'Oreal Ingenius programme, which provides experience of commerce to engineering students worldwide.
The Ingenius 2008 competition focused on ways of helping L'Oreal meet its strict environmental targets and shortlisted students worked alongside L'Oreal engineers for two months to develop their ideas and will now travel to Paris for the international final.
Melanie Hoehl, one of the finalists, commented: "It's exciting to be involved in a programme which allows us to take what we've learnt in the lecture theatre and apply it in real life to produce a solution which will have a positive effect on the environment."
The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) suggests that universities need to adopt new approaches to encouraging graduate entrepreneurship, encouraging students to analyse and evaluate opportunities.