At this year’s Glasgow Science Festival, researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University will share their cutting-edge research in renewable energy. We had a chat about what’s in store.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
Daria: My name is Daria, I am a renewable energy engineer and currently working as a Doctorate Researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. I am investigating how to make solar power more affordable for poor people in developing countries.
Clara: Hi, my name is Clara and I am an Audio engineer.
Waqas: I’m Waqas. I am doing research on the generation and use of electricity for homes and the safety hazards associated with solar and wind energy systems
George: My name is George and I am a lecturer and researcher in renewable energy (amongst others) at Glasgow Caledonian University
2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
Daria: I love my subject and work and I’m always keen to communicate the ideas and benefits of renewable energies to students.
Clara: The fun I had last year!
Waqas: I’m enthusiastic about raising public awareness of renewable energy physics resources and their applications.
George: I had so much fun last year and going by the dogma “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, I would like to repeat it this year as well.
3. Why should we come to your event?
Daria: We’re running hands-on renewable energy sessions where students can experiment with wind and solar power. Come and experience the latest in environmentally-friendly energy technologies.
Clara: Everybody talks about renewable energy, but how does it work? Through our workshop, pupils will see, feel and hear what it’s all about.
Waqas: There is much to explore about the real and basic science involved behind renewable energy which is quite interesting. The effects of nature on renewable energy generation can be learned easily while playing with simple tools.
George: You should come because a hands-on experience working with renewable energy will leave you hooked for life.
4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?
Daria: I like to explore different countries and cultures but also the depth of science in front of my computer.
Clara: In the human brain.
Waqas: I would like to explore the “Wildness of Glasgow” – the wild forest part of Glasgow among the mountains.
George: Space – although I would also like to find out what is happening inside the brains (?!?) of many political leaders of the world.
5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist or engineer?
Daria: As a scientist and engineer, you get the chance to create something new and to have input into new ideas and designs. It’s a very interesting and creative job which bring new tasks and challenges every day.
Clara: Ending each working day with the knowledge of having created a thing that did not exist in the morning of that same day.
Waqas: The best thing is thinking of ways to tackle global problems, and making life for human beings more comfortable by providing appropriate solutions. The other excitement is when an experiment works and you find out something new for the first time. So, you’re the first person in the world to know something.
George: Trying to make the world a better place, failing and trying again until we get it right. Plus knowing how the world works is an added bonus and it makes us good team members in pub quizzes.
Daria, Clara, Waqas and George will be sharing their expertise at ‘Renewable Energy Physics’ for secondary schools from 12-15 June. For full details and booking, visit our website. You can also catch George at ‘Glasgow Skeptics: Energy Myth Busting‘, a talk and debate in the pub on 12 June.