PhD student wins Young Scot Environment award

Young Scot winner Andrew Wilson - picture credit Sunday Mail

Strathclyde PhD student Andrew Wilson has won the Environment category at Scotland’s only award ceremony for young people for his pioneering work to provide space-based solar power.

The 25-year-old from Glasgow is based at the University’s Aerospace Centre of Excellence and was one of 42 finalists in The Sunday Mail & Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards.

Andrew, who has also been working closely with the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, was nominated for his PhD work on lowering the environmental impacts of space missions through the creation of a new tool. It can assess the sustainability impacts of space missions

Andrew said: “It was an incredible night hearing of the inspiring stories and projects of the 41 other finalists from across the country and getting the chance to talk to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“The award was made even more special because 2018 is the Year of Young People.”

Andrew, who was also nominated for his work with SPACE Canada, added: “My work is to create a small project to demonstrate in Low Earth Orbit the space-based solar power concept - the idea of gathering solar power in space and beaming it down to Earth to use as a form of clean energy by beaming a few megawatts of energy to Northern communities in Canada.

“It can also be used in areas which have been hit by a natural disaster, like a hurricane.”