The winners of the «Student Energy Challenge» announced

Today Shell Kazakhstan and KAZENERGY Association announced the winners of the Student Energy Challenge competition which took place in the framework of the IX Youth Forum under the XI Eurasian KAZENERGY Forum.

The winners are:

1. “Synergy” team (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University)

2.  “NU Arlans” team (Nazarbayev University)

3.  “Creative union” team (North Kazakhstan State University named after M. Kozybayev)

The winning team received €10,000 in prize money from Shell Kazakhstan, and will also receive technical/ business classes from expert mentors. The second and third-placed teams received cash prizes of €5,000 and €3,000, respectively, plus mentoring sessions.

During two days, the members of the judging panel – consisting of Mr Anatoly Zolotuknin, Honored Professor of the Norwegian University of Stavanger, Rector's Advisor, Scientific Director of the Institute of Arctic Oil and Gas Technologies of the Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after IM. Gubkin, Senior Vice President of the World Petroleum Council; Mr. Kayirgeldi  Kabildin, Deputy Director of Caspian Pipeline Consortium; Mr Serik Tyutebayev, Managing Director for Production and Asset Management, Board member of Samruk-ENERGY; and Mr. Bert Hazelaar, Finance Manager for Shell in Kazakhstan –have been selecting three best teams.

Commenting on the contest, Olivier Lazare, Country Chair for Shell Kazakhstan said: “We are very proud to have initiated and sponsored this competition, in partnership with KAZENERGY Association, as we believe that the future of energy lies in the hands of our young people. They have wonderful ideas and enthusiasm and also a deep awareness of the challenges we face as a planet and a society, chief among them the global energy challenge.

“The quality of the submissions we received for the Student Energy Challenge was very impressive and demonstrated the great talent that exists among this young generation of Kazakhs. We hope that the experience of participating in this challenge will stimulate these students, and others, to bring their ideas even further and develop them into very real solutions”, he said.

Bolat Akchulakov, Director General of the KAZENERGY Association added:  «We have observed challenge and projects of participants with big interest.  In the beginning, participants had been given 6 topics to choose from. Taking into account that energy saving problems are significant for Kazakhstan, teams from short-list proposed the theme on development of alternative energy and energy saving increase in housing. I think that it is important for young people to show their projects within the scope of this kind of activity, and communicate with professionals of various fields, which could influence to their further professional development».

To remind, working in teams of between three and five people, students were tasked to develop a viable idea – in the form of a product, technology or technology component, or a service – that offers a solution to the Global Energy Challenge in one of the following areas:

1.      Monitoring of fuel energy resources;

2.      Producing alternative energy from non-conventional sources;

3.      Increasing energy efficiency and energy savings in the domestic and commercial use;

4.      More efficient use of electric and thermal energy;

5.      Producing primary energy resources (oil, gas, coal, uranium) with minimum emission of carbon dioxide;

6.      Reducing emissions of carbon dioxide during transportation, electric power generation, construction of

      buildings, use of energy at home or for food supplies.

A total of 47 teams from 20 universities across Kazakhstan registered for the competition following its launch in May.  Of these 47, 29 submitted video resumes, which were assessed independently by experts from KAZENERGY and Shell. Following this assessment, eight teams were shortlisted to participate in the final stages of the Challenge, by further developing their ideas and submitting them for consideration by the judging panel and presenting on the 7 and 8 September.

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Association KAZENERGY has significant experience in implementing projects aimed at the development of educational systems and support of young talent. Since 2007 KAZENERGY has implemented a number of educational programmes, including scholarships for graduates, students of universities and colleges, competitions for the development of innovative projects, intellectual games, debating tournaments and other activities with the objective of stimulating the involvement of youth in creative and professional achievements.

Head quartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell pls. is an international group of companies comprising of energy and petrochemical companies. Currently Shell is one of the largest foreign investors in the RoK’s economy. Shell has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992 and is an active member of KAZENERGY since 2006. Being one of the largest foreign investors in the country, Shell has invested more than 8 million USD into voluntary social projects aimed at support for entrepreneurs, STEM educational programmes and road safety. To contribute to the Government’s innovation agenda, Shell also undertook to work with the entire industry to lead the development of the Kazakhstan Upstream Oil and Gas Technology Roadmap. This collective industry project built a shared vision on the technological development of the sector to bring new technologies to Kazakhstan that not only help increase oil production but also discover new oil and gas resources in country.