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A Bridgend-based company that specialises in building local energy centres is inviting local schools to take part in an innovative clean energy poster competition.

Infinate has partnered with the Royal Mint to mark the success of a five-year renewables project and is inviting Year 6 classes at schools in all six of its Local Energy Centre catchment areas in south Wales to create a bilingual ‘Clean Energy’ poster.

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The competition aims to help children understand the concept and environmental benefits of clean energy as Wales moves towards a Zero Carbon future.

The six winners will be invited, along with class members to The Royal Mint Experience where they will strike their own coins and discover some of the ways The Royal Mint is working towards a more sustainable future.

A bespoke workshop will introduce pupils to the Royal Mint’s colourful wind turbine, Delilah which was installed by Infinite in 2018 and is part of a multi-technology Local Energy Centre which is under construction at the site.  

Using a scale, working model of the turbine, the pupils will explore how it is used to generate energy that helps power The Royal Mint.  Currently, Delilah supplies up to 10% of the Royal Mint’s demand at its site in Llantrisant. Pupils will be able to interact with the model and discover ways of making the turbine work more efficiently. They will also build their own miniature working turbines to take home.  

The competition will be judged by the naturalist and broadcaster Iolo Williams who will meet all six individual winners at The Royal Mint Experience, later in the year.

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The competition closes on the 27th of January 2023 with the Winners announced on the 28th of February 2023. The school visits will take place during the Spring / Summer of 2023.

For more information, including catchment areas and how to express an interest in competing, please contact Jenny Clayton at Infinite at Jennifer@infiniterenewables.com before 18 February 2023.

The Local Energy Centre (LEC) in Neath Port Talbot is at Kenfig Industrial Estate and comprises of a wind turbine and ‘on roof’ solar at the site of John Pye Auctions, directly supplying the industrial units with renewable power. 

In Blaenau Gwent there are LECs at Rassau Industrial Estate in Ebbw Vale, Pen Yr Heol near Blackwood and Nant Y Gwyddon Landfill site at Pentre. All have a wind turbine which can generate energy for the grid and local businesses, with Rassau industrial estate having ‘on roof’ solar and battery storage supplying GS Yuasa, the battery manufacturer.

In Rhondda Cynon Taff, there are LECs at Llantrisant West and East Business Parks. In Llantrisant West, a solar farm and combined heat and power unit plus a battery is being added to the existing ‘Daffodil’ turbine with The Royal Mint benefitting from both green and low carbon generated electricity. Another ‘Daffodil’ turbine and solar farm in the east of the Business Park is also planned, so that more businesses can access renewable energy.

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