PhD student wins renewable energy prize at international Knowledge Management School.

Posted on 21st February 2018

A PhD student at the University of Chester has won a research prize for his work on the development of sustainable renewable and nuclear energy.

Austin Benni (standing on the left) with his research group
Austin Benni (standing on the left) with his research group

Austin Benni, who is a Nigerian student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University, attended a Nuclear Knowledge Management School organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in Trieste, Italy.

The ICTP-IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management School is a certificate course programme, organised by the IAEA and the ICTP, to provide specialised education and training on the development and implementation of knowledge management programmes in nuclear science and technology organisations.

All together there were 12 groups with different tasks, with each one delivering a presentation. Austin and his group’s task was the development of a nuclear knowledge management plan for a nuclear newcomer country. His group project was judged the best and emerged joint winner for group projects at the programme.

Austin said: “My research at the University is on sustainable development in the energy sector and it is my supposition that the use of sustainable energy sources, such as the renewables (solar, wind, hydrothermal) and nuclear, will help to provide a more sustainable energy sector with attendant improvement in environmental, social and financial sustainability globally. I think that Knowledge Management is a critical success factor in the development of sustainable nuclear technology for the attainment of energy security and sustainable development globally.”

Professor Steve Wilkinson, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Chester, who is one of Austin’s PhD supervisors, said: “I’m delighted that Austin is flying the flag for the University in such distinguished company. Austin is a very impressive researcher and a big asset to our Faculty. Congratulations to him and the rest of his team on their win.”

Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute, who is also supervising Austin’s PhD, added: “Austin is a mature international student who is flourishing in our academic environment at Thornton Science Park. Low carbon energy technology is very much at the forefront of the work undertaken by both academics and businesses at Thornton, especially through our newly established Energy Centre.”