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South Lakes student wins top design award
6:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
AN INVENTIVE student from the South Lakes has won the top prize at a national design competition.
Sam Etherington, of Cartmel, scooped £2,000 after winning the James Dyson Award with his wave energy converter – and will now see his creation judged against entries from all around the world.
That means the 23-year-old, who studies at Brunel University, Middlesex, will see his creation judged against entries from all around the world for a chance of winning £40,000.
Delighted Sam said:”Getting through the first stage will allow me to continue to develop and test my designs even further.”
A keen kite surfer and sailor, Sam observed first-hand the power of the waves off Cumbria’s west coast and so set about finding an effective way of harnessing them for his final year design project.
Unlike existing wave converters, Sam’s RAP (renewable wave power) is multi-axis, meaning it absorbs forces from all directions.
Contest judge Sir Kenneth Grange said: “Sam used wit and engineering to tackle a global problem with a global resource. Much excellent work has been done and it looks like he has spotted a niche.”
But it was not an easy process for Sam, who said: “It took several months and 40 prototypes to get to this stage but the next 12 months will be even busier.”
Sam plans to use his prize money to undertake further testing and hopes his project will win a place on a Marine Energy ‘nursery’ programme.
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