UH Energy Launches the Energy Plant Operations Innovation Challenge
By Valeria Dominguez
Along the Gulf Coast, hundreds of chemical, petrochemical, refinery
To gain innovative answers to some of these questions, UH Energy has launched the Energy Plan Operations Innovation Challenge.
Participants will compete by evaluating the current state of the energy plant industry. Students can use research to provide
According to the contest guidelines, students should choose 1-2 specific examples of scenarios plants face and perform cost/benefit of mitigation measures. For example; avoiding water ingress, supply chain disruptions, communication with S-O-A technology and contract losses. Participants will submit a written plan and prepare a presentation as a proposal asking for an investment towards recommended infrastructure and other improvements that would enhance operations for a plant in extreme weather conditions.
DNV-GL, a quality assurance and risk management company, is the sponsor of the competition and the source of the background data. Advice from DNV-GL will be provided to each participating team. Teams for the challenge can consist of up to 5 students from any major at UH. Each team will be supervised by two UH faculty and staff members.
First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded cash prizes of $6000, $4000 or $2000. For more information on the Energy Plant Operations Innovation Challenge, visit the UH Energy website. For students passionate about innovating the future of energy, this is worth entering. For more information about the Energy Plant Operations Innovation Challenge, please contact Murthy Divakaruni at sdivakar@Central.UH.EDU.