University of Limerick wins prestigious ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge

  • Winning team to compete in international event in Montreal, Canada
  • Waterford Institute of Technology takes runner-up spot

4 November 2016

A group of students from the University of Limerick will represent their college and Ireland at an international engineering and commerce competition in Montreal after their team won the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge.

This competition – now in its third year – offers engineering and finance students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to develop innovative, creative and commercially focused solutions to real life energy-focused challenges.

Thirty two students from eight colleges participated in this competition which took place in the Irish Management Institute (IMI) on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November.

The teams were allocated just seven hours to research and design a solution to a complex engineering and financial energy challenge, after which they presented to an expert panel of judges.

The challenge focused on developing energy solutions for small to medium enterprises.

Presenting the winning prizes, Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, commented: “I warmly congratulate the Univeristy of Limerick team who won out in the face of such stiff competition. The high level of skills and creativity showcased by all teams was exceptional, as too was their understanding of the needs of the energy market and consumers.

“I commend each of the students and their mentors for the time and effort they invested in this competition. I wish the winning team the very best as they represent their college and the country in the international competition in Montreal next March.”

The judges commended the winning team on their ability to create an innovative and attractive concept within such a short time frame.

The Waterford Institute of Technology team claimed the runners-up spot and receive a summer placement in ESB.

Hosted by ESB for the last three years, this competition is only open to third level colleges with all teams comprising three engineering and one finance student. ESB is sponsoring the team’s participation in the international competition in Montreal in 2017 with the winning team also receiving placements in the organisation.

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Image Caption: Students from the University of Limerick are pictured with Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, after they claimed the top prize at the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge. Pictured left to right is Danny Fehilly, Patrick Lo, Pat O'Doherty, ESB, Eoin Hann and David Monaghan.