Build Studios members Base Power recently organised a visit for Engineering, Physics and Business students from universities in the UK and France to Plastic Omnium Automotive, Measham. The visit gave an opportunity for the students to learn about the opportunities for energy efficiency and carbon savings in the automotive industry.
The Plastic Omnium Energy Centre, built and operated by BasePower, is a 2MW Combined Heat and Power scheme which supplies a baseload of low-carbon electricity for use around the site, heat for the site’s paint shops, and industrial cooling in the summer.
The students toured the Plastic Omnium factory and BasePower Energy Centre with Neil Champ, the site’s Engineering and Maintenance Manager. Neil gave them insights into the automotive industry borne of many years experience, and demonstrated how energy and carbon savings can be delivered through generating on-site energy.
Robin Hardy, Projects Director, BasePower said:
“The students really valued the opportunity to see the scale of Plastic Omnium’s manufacturing operation and how it addresses energy savings opportunities. We greatly appreciate Neil Champ giving up his time to demonstrate how university learning translates into real-world activity.”