Final year BEng Sustainable Engineering students were granted exclusive insights into the world of nuclear power on a special visit to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station in Somerset last week.
Learners were offered a glimpse into the future of nuclear power, learning more about the station’s pivotal role in the government’s Net Zero 2050 target.
Students heard from Nuclear Scientist, Dr. James Mansfield, in a presentation that delved into the intricacies of nuclear power, potential to contribute significantly to the Net Zero goal, and the practical aspects of working towards sustainability. One of the highlights was the discussion of opportunities to work with EDF Energy through their Graduate Trainee program and higher apprenticeships, presenting students with potential pathways to meaningful careers in the field.
Following the presentation, learners were given exclusive tour of the construction site itself, and were offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the complex project. One highlight was the chance to witness the construction of a nuclear reactor up close which spotlighted the importance of the Net Zero project.
Witnessing the construction and comprehending the magnitude of the Hinkley Point C project not only deepened their understanding of sustainable energy but also furthered their passion for the future of the industry. The inspirational visit underscored the importance of their chosen field in combatting climate change and the ambitious Net Zero emissions by 2050 project.
The visit to Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station served as a testament to the invaluable real-world experiences that Loughborough College offers and provided a bridge between theory and practice.