Calling all students: have you got a bright energy idea?

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 10:55


Calling all students: have you got a bright energy idea?

Under the banner Future Energy, Kazakhstan’s EXPO-2017, running from 10th June to 10th September, will provide a platform for discussion around the energy challenge, and aims to attract some of the world’s leading experts as well as showcasing some of the most innovative technologies in the field.

As part of this programme, Shell and KAZENERGY have come together to launch the Student Energy Challenge. The competition is aimed at encouraging students from technical universities across Kazakhstan to come up with original and innovative ideas that could deliver solutions to the growing energy dilemma.

Commenting on the programme, Duncan van Bergen, VP Upstream and Country Chair for Shell in Kazakhstan said: “The growing global energy demand poses a real conundrum. We need to find a way of producing enough energy to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing global population, while at the same time reducing our impact on the environment. Meeting this enormous challenge will require a lot of innovation and collaboration and our young people have a vital role to play. The Student Energy Challenge is about stimulating students thinking on this important global topic”.   

Bolat Akchulakov, Director General of the KAZENERGY Association said: “For the young generation, nothing is more important than being appreciated and successful in their future professional environment. This opportunity provided by the "Students Energy Challenge" contest, will bring together the best initiative and creative youth of Kazakhstan. We invite those, who are courageous, smart and resourceful to participate in the challenge”.

The aim of the Student Energy Challenge is to encourage technical students to come up with original and innovative ideas that could potentially deliver solutions to the energy challenge, focusing on six themes:

  1. Monitoring fuel and energy resources
  2. Developing alternative energy from non-traditional sources
  3. Increasing energy efficiency and conservation – in domestic or commercial usage
  4. More effective use of electric and heat-power engineering
  5. Production of primary energy resources – oil, gas, coal, uranium – with less CO2
  6. CO2 reduction in transportation, power generation, building construction, domestic energy usage or food

A prize of €10,000 awaits the winning team, in addition to a masterclass – for the team and all students in the relevant faculty – delivered by Shell technical experts and other experts in the energy sector and related areas. Cash and mentoring prizes will also be awarded to the second and third-placed teams.

Teams interested in taking part must register before the 5th June 2017.  This can be done by going to the website, to see details on the event, information on the application process, as well as the prizes on offer. Teams whose submissions make it onto the short list will be given the opportunity to present before a panel of experts at the IX Youth Forum – part of the broader KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum at EXPO-2017 - on the 7th and 8th September 2017.


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KAZENERGY Association unites more than 86 major players in the oil, gas and energy– extracting, transporting, servicing, geophysical, uranium-producing and other transnational companies. KAZENERGY was established on November 2, 2005 as an independent non-commercial union of legal entities, which is challenged to promote creation of favorable conditions for the dynamic and sustainable development of the fuel and energy sector of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Head quartered in The Hague, Netherlands, Shell is an international group of companies comprising of energy and petrochemical companies. Currently Shell is one of the largest foreign investors in the RoK’s economy. In Kazakhstan Shell has interest in four projects: The North Caspian Production Sharing Agreement (Shell share 16.81%), “Pearls” Production Sharing Agreement in the Kazakhstan Sector of the Caspian Sea (Shell share 55%), Karachaganak Final Production Sharing Agreement (through BG Group’s share - 29.25%), and Caspian Pipeline Consortium (Shell share 7.4%), which links Kazakhstan’s oil reserves to world markets.

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