Howest Student Awarded Junior Energy Manager of the Year

Yesterday, Jasper Dejonckheere, a Howest Energy Management alumnus, was elected Junior Energy Manager of the Year. Jasper excelled above the three other finalists with his bachelor thesis on the optimal use of solar energy for business activities. For Howest, it is the third winner out of four editions of this award.

The election of Junior Energy Manager is an initiative of the umbrella organization Energik, Engie and Fluvius, in collaboration with AP University of Applied Sciences and Howest. The award spotlights talented young energy managers who devise sustainable solutions to today's energy issues. The winner receives a cash prize of 1,000 euros.

Optimally Using Solar Energy

The winner, Jasper Dejonckheere, graduated in the academic year 2019-2020 as Bachelor of Energy Management at Howest with a bachelor thesis on the optimal use of solar energy for business activities. He, more specifically, made an analysis of the operation of the existing solar installation of the Waregem-based company Cras Woodgroup, and thus created an additional production of more than 5% by installing a PID box. He also made two investment analyses to make better use of the solar production and to increase internal consumption: a battery storage system and forklifts on renewable energy.

Actively Searching for Sustainable Energy Solutions

Today Jasper is working at Ceratec. "As Energy Solutions Project Leader, I apply the knowledge from the Energy Management study programme every day. I examine the possibilities of using more renewable energy and carry out energy studies based on huge amounts of data from companies. These analyses must lead to better energy efficiency. In addition, I am putting aside the cash prize that I won with this title to make my own house energy-efficient.”

Open Days on 7 and 8 May

Students who want to follow in Jasper's footsteps can attend the Howest info days on Friday 7 May and Saturday 8 May. On they can book a time slot for a personal tour on the Kortrijk campus.