Bathgate Academy pupils win Mitsubishi energy heat-pump competition

Livingston MSP Angela Constance (left) congratulates the winning Bathgate Academy team (pictured with the drawings of their successful design) along with Mr and Mrs Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh (3rd r and r) and Mr Yoshihiro Sumida, President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe (back centre)
Livingston MSP Angela Constance (left) congratulates the winning Bathgate Academy team (pictured with the drawings of their successful design) along with Mr and Mrs Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh (3rd r and r) and Mr Yoshihiro Sumida, President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe (back centre)

A team of three third year pupils from Bathgate High School in West Lothian honed their design, engineering and creative skills by winning this year’s ‘Pump It Up’ Challenge.

This is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning System Europe and West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, where participants research and develop the innovative use of a heat source pump.

After a pilot competition with Armadale Academy in 2014, the joint venture between Mitsubishi Electric and the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce has expanded to 11 schools across the area.

Now in its third year, the aim of the initiative is to further integrate industry and schools with the aim to support young people in developing skills beneficial to their future career choice.  

More than 1600 pupils from the schools initially competed for a spot in the final of ‘Pump It Up’ held at Howden Park Centre in Livingston.

Each team was tasked with creating a future use idea for an energy efficient heat pump design primarily used for domestic heating and hot water.

Bathgate Academy focused their design on recycling hot air from a gymnasium that could transfer the energy to heat a swimming pool. The team concluded that sports activities held in a gym created the right environment to capture heat and transfer this energy in an efficient way to heat the pool. 

The judges were further impressed by the team’s detailed research on their heat pump application and importantly, to ensure that re-useable was an integral part of their design.

Yoshiro Sumida, President, Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning systems Europe Ltd commented: “The team work, learning and skills needed to decide on the future use of an air source heat pump will support the young people in their future move into the world of work and a design and development engineer was extremely impressed with the ideas generated by all the schools.

’Pump It Up’ empowers these young people to apply their STEM knowledge and skills enhancing their learning experience within the engineering environment. It’s crucial that we continue to support the skills and ingenuity which will drive the industry forward for decades to come.”

At the final pupils pitched their heat pump ideas to a special panel of judges who including Mr Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh.

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