A team of four final-year undergraduate ME students has won the Champion in the Young Engineers Programme (YEP) 2017/2018 which is an annual flagship programme organized by the Manufacturing and Industrial (MI) Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). This year, YEP is supported by China Light and Power Co Ltd. (CLP) with the theme “Redesign Power Plant for Next Hundred Year”.

YEP is opened to engineering undergraduates of various engineering disciplines. In this programme, participants (Yeppers) were invited to join multiple seminars and technical visits to enrich their knowledge on power plants operation and to strengthen their business sense. The competition was conducted in research approach. Yeppers were required to read academic journals, identify critical problems in current power plant design, conduct business value analysis and propose comprehensive engineering solutions. After several submission of written reports, 11 teams of Yeppers presented in the first round on 24 March 2018 and the top 5 teams were selected into the final round of presentation on 27 April 2018.

Congratulations to PolyU Team 4, with members Mr Chan Kwok Wai, Mr Lau Tak Leong Tony, Mr Law Man Cheong and Mr Lit Hong Tat, awarded Champion in the competition. Throughout the half-year programme, Ir Dr Daniel Ng, Chairman of HKIE – MI Division 2017/2018, acted as a mentor to all Yeppers, while Miss Winky Lui, our PolyU ME graduate and a current ME MSc student, was assigned as the tutor of PolyU Team 4. The team has chosen “Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) with Pre-combustion Carbon Capture” as their research topic with an aim to reduce carbon dioxide emission from power plants and increase the plant efficiency in a cost-effective way. They would like to express sincere thanks to Ir Prof. Wallace Leung for his inspiring guidance and Miss Winky Lui for her zealous support.