It’s a high speed career for Tom after win

Award winner Tom Rigby with his parents John and Tracy taken in Brussels after award ceremony. (s)
Award winner Tom Rigby with his parents John and Tracy taken in Brussels after award ceremony. (s)
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A 22-year-old former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student has won first prize in a prestigious European renewable energy competition.

Tom Rigby, of Brockhall Village, who went to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and sixth form until 2012, scooped first prize in an annual competition run by The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC).

The yearly competition is for the best undergraduate renewable energy project in Europe.

Tom’s project won the first prize of 3,000 euros after he made a human powered demonstrational device to be used at open days.

The device is an educational tool to encourage interest in renewable energy.

Tom collected his award in Brussels, where he gave a presentation on his project to professionals and students at a EUREC conference, earlier this month.

After graduating in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University earlier this year, Tom joined Colas Rail on its Future Leaders Graduate Scheme in September. His first placement is in London, at Euston, working on a signalling project for the new high speed trains.