September lecture: Faroe Islands Energy Challenge

UPEI and the Faroe Islands International Community Energy Challenge

The Island Lecture Series got under way once again on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus. This lecture featured a presentation by UPEI students and their professor about an experiential learning opportunity that took them to the Faroe Islands in May.

Six students, along with Professor Anna Demeo from the Sustainable Design Engineering School, were part of a week-long immersion program called the International Community Energy Challenge that took place in the Faroe Islands May 13-22, 2019. Sponsored by the Hydrogen Learning Network, with funding from Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA), the program included universities from five countries: Canada, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands. The objective of the ICEC was to immerse students in both the culture and community of the Faroe Islands while they tackled a real and current energy project for a local business or organization.

Student teams, comprised of students from each university, researched, developed, and proposed solutions for community clients. The outcome was intended to both provide clients with a fresh perspective for their business or organization while offering students the opportunity to work across disciplines to conceptualize solutions and put classroom skills to use in a tangible way. The program brought together students from all over the world and from a plethora of disciplines including business, environmental studies, engineering, communications, education, and climate change. Throughout the program, students participated in local activities to gain a better understanding of the people and the culture of the Faroe Islands.

Team PEI included students Catherine Kennedy (Environmental Studies), Daniel Wartman (Engineering), Stephanie Arnold (Climate Change), Jane Lillian MacIsaac (Math), Jordan Torrealba (Engineering), and Ellen Ross (Business), and their professor, Dr. Anna Demeo (Sustainable Design Engineering).