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Almost 35 bright year 8 students will light the way to ensure our lights stay on while utilising the best mix of energy sources when they join the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) for the ‘Energy: The Inside Story’ workshop today (17 March) in Clermont.
In a first for the region, Clermont State High School students are participating in this new QMEA program, which is designed to complement the year 8 science curriculum with the help of engineers from Bravus Mining and Resources.
“’Energy: The Inside Story’ is a new QMEA workshop that gives students an inside look at the Australian energy market and highlights how the NEM (National Energy Market) ensures that all Australian’s have access to reliable power when they need it,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director Skills, Education and Training with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).
“Students utilise live data from the AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator), along with information about different energy production methods, to assist them in making decisions about the future energy mix for their state,” Jones said.
“As the world’s number one international solar company and India’s largest private electricity generator, Bravus’ parent company, the Adani Group, has a unique view of the market and we see there will be a need for both coal and renewables in the energy mix to meet growing demand in Asia as people there emerge from energy poverty,” said CEO of Bravus Mining and Resources, David Boshoff.
“Bravus is proud to participate in this event which helps students understand the need for a sustainable global energy mix, along with the careers paths on offer in the field,” he said.
“IT is important to us that school children know of the many opportunities open to them in Queensland’s resources sector, bringing highly-skilled careers to regional communities, while also having a strong understanding of how the energy system works.”
“Students will be afforded the opportunity to better understand electricity production and apply their classroom learnings in a practical environment,” said Principal of Clermont State High School Emelie Adams.