Graduate's shining dissertation is full of energy

“My dissertation was quite extensive and I looked at every building at the University to see which ones made the most financial sense, and because Clarice Cliff faces due south and because it’s a residential building we went for them.”

Hassan Mahmood, BSc(Hons) Environment and Sustainability

Students will soon be using solar powered energy in their halls of residence after a graduate’s dissertation proposal is soon to become a reality.

Hassan Mahmood, a BSc(Hons) Environment and Sustainability graduate founded the idea of the University using more renewable energy as part of his final year thesis.

After approval from the University Executive Board, work has now begun on installing 30kW worth of solar photovoltaic panels on Clarice Cliff Court hall of residence, comparable to nine house-sized installations.

Hassan Mahmood said: “On my course we learnt about making areas environmentally friendly and more sustainable and I think that it is quite a big issue, so I asked if the University was doing anything on site.

“My dissertation was quite extensive and I looked at every building at the University to see which ones made the most financial sense, and because Clarice Cliff faces due south and because it’s a residential building we went for them,” he explained.

The panels will save 13 tonnes of C02 a year, the equivalent of flying to Sydney and back six times.

“Universities have the resource in terms of intellectual resource and have a social responsibility to educate and be leaders in areas such as this so I think it is great that Staffordshire University is one of a few Higher Education intuitions doing this,” explained the 21-year-old.

“I looked at other universities and the more research I did on PV panels the more it made sense for us to have them here at Staffordshire University.

“Hopefully this will encourage perspective students who are passionate about sustainability and the environment and show that we practice what we preach.”

Hassan, who has recently secured a job with Hilti as a Specialist Account Manager has even convinced his dad to make the family home more sustainable.

“I’ve managed to convince my dad to have some small panels installed at home which I think is great,” he added.

Energy Manager for Staffordshire University, Phil Patrick said: “Hassan’s passion for sustainability is commendable and with these now being installed we can expect to save £6,885 a year for the next 20 years and save 24,000kWh a year in electricity.”

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