Mitsubishi Pump It Up School Challenge 2019 (4th June)

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On 4th June, as part of the Japan – UK Season of Culture 2019/2020 the grand final of the 2019 Mitsubishi Pump It Up School Challenge was held in Livingston.

The collaboration between 11High schools and Academies in West Lothian schools and Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd and West Lothian Chambers of Commerce has been running for the past 5 years and encourages young people to consider heat pump technology in innovative new ways, while combatting greenhouse gas emissions. This year saw 2000 participants from 11 of schools across West Lothian.

Following addresses from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and the President Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd, Mr Yoshihiro Sumida, the finalists gave their last presentations.

Following an address from the Consul General, this year’s winners were announced.  The overall winners. Inveralmond Community High School, secured victory with their concept of using the heat pump system to keep airport runways free of frost and ice.

The event was also attended by Councilors David Dodds, and finished with closing remarks and congratulations from West Lothian Provost, Tom Kerr.