Students Invited To Provide Energy Solutions

September 28, 2016

The Sustainable Energy Challenge is calling on local students [working as either individuals or in teams] to provide innovative solutions to the challenges of Bermuda’s energy production and consumption, with the top solutions to be awarded prizes including a pool of $1,500 educational grants.

Solutions could range from maximizing the utilization of existing power sources to the development of new methods for producing sustainable energy, or they could address conservation through simple methods of cutting back on power consumption through conservation or green building methods.

Bermuda Grant Gibbons 28 Sept TC

With sponsorship from RUBiS Energy Bermuda Ltd. and the Government of Bermuda’s Department of Energy, the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative is conducting the Challenge as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The top solutions, as decided by a panel of industry experts, will be awarded prizes including a pool of $1,500 educational grants.

Graham Redford, Managing Director of RUBiS Energy Bermuda Ltd, says: “RUBiS is excited to be able to partner with the Department of Energy and the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative on the Sustainable Energy Challenge.

“As a global energy company with strong Bermuda ties, we recognise the issues that all countries face when trying to transition to a more sustainable infrastructure.”

He continued: “The UN estimates that by the year 2050, the global population will have increased to nine billion, all of whom should have equitable access to food, water, shelter, education and healthcare.

“It is easy to think that as a small Island, we are immune to the challenges that larger countries face, but we have a responsibility to the global community in which we operate to change the way in which we live, work and play.

“We hope that by sponsoring this challenge, we will inspire our young adults to try and develop the ideas and technologies that help change how we impact our local footprint, how we deliver better value to our customers and how we develop a plan for a more sustainable Bermuda.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The Sustainable Energy Challenge will be launched on the 28th of September [today] with a submission deadline of November 1st. All submissions must be an ‘electronic storyboard’, either a PowerPoint or video presentation.

“Submissions will be presented to a panel of industry experts who will determine to whom the awards will be granted. The top finishers will be presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Celebration of innovation and Entrepreneurship on the 17th of November.”

“We must reconsider the way we think about energy, the way we use energy, the way we purchase energy and the way we source it – and it’s essential that younger Bermudians be involved in this process,” said the Minister of Economic Development Dr. Grant Gibbons.

“We look forward to receiving the submissions to the Sustainable Energy Challenge activity and capturing the imagination of young Bermudians on the concept of sustainability.

“When we speak of sustainability, we should do so in the widest possible terms. That is the sustainability of our environment, the sustainability of our people and the sustainability of our economy.”

Guidelines and Entry Forms may be downloaded from RUBiS Bermuda’s website. Questions may be addressed by email to:

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  1. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Cool challenge for the kids…

    I just hope this isn’t where the “qualified” research ended up!

  2. Peggy Burns says:

    Please don’t give away your ideas for ‘a widow’s mite’ when you can make a mint (fortune) that will have a positive impact on the world–not only Bermuda.

    A fortune awaits the man or woman who invents even the simplest article if it serves humanity well!

    Furthermore you should protect your ideas through patents, copyrights,trademarks and non-disclosure agreements (NDA).

    If you are interested in developing your ideas (taking them from concept to fruition; A-Z; or the napkin stage to the marketplace)and enrich your own lives and help others in need, instead of making the rich richer, then send an e-mail to me at and I will refer you to the source who can help you to achieve this. All you have to do is tell me you have an idea. You must not disclose what it is.


    Being successfully coached by an Inventor