Trinity College wins prestigious ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge 2017

•Winning team to compete at international event in Montreal, Canada
•UCC takes runner-up spot with DCU in third place
•Final three teams win summer placement with ESB

Issued 5:00 pm Friday 3 November 2017

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Four students from Trinity College will represent their college and Ireland at the international engineering and commerce competition in Montreal after their team won the ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge 2017 earlier today.

Thirty-six students from nine colleges around the country participated in the competition which took place in the Irish Management Institute (IMI) on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November.

For the Challenge, each college had to act as a consulting team, engaged by ESB, to recommend current or emerging eHeat and eTransport technologies applicable to the energy market. The challenge asked each team to undertake research, design, financial analysis and marketing activities to convince ESB to go ahead with their recommendations.

The teams were allocated eight hours to research and design a solution to the task, after which they pitched their idea to an expert panel of judges.

Presenting the winning prizes, Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, commented: “The quality of analysis undertaken by all of the teams over the past two days demonstrates their ability to think critically and creatively about the challenges facing the energy sector in the transition to a low carbon future.  The team from Trinity College beat off very stiff competition and are worthy winners to represent Ireland in the international competition in Montreal in 2018. I wish them every success.”

The judges commended the winning team on their ability to create an innovative and attractive concept within such a high pressured and time critical period.

The UCC team claimed the runners-up spot and will be offered a summer placement in ESB.

Hosted by ESB for the last four years, this competition is open to third level colleges with all teams comprising of three engineering and one commerce student. ESB sponsors the winning team to represent Ireland in the international competition in Montreal in 2018 with the winning team also receiving placements in the organisation.