Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions todistrict heating and cooling related research, including economic and technological aspects, energy management, and the environmental consequences of energy utilisation.
Winners are invited to present their research during the official Awards ceremony and to publish their articles in the International EuroHeat&Power Magazine. This year, they were also invited to participate in the International DHC+ Summer School for free.
Additionally, the 1st place winner receives a research contribution of EUR 1000.
The following eligibility criteria are applied to all submissions.
The applicant shall be registered as an undergraduate or post-graduate (i.e. pursuing studies for a MA/MS or PhD) student in an accredited institution of higher education.
The applicant shall submit a short research paper in English language (MAX 8 pages). Please note that 8 pages include a one page summary with key information, all annexes and references. Permitted formatting: font Calibri 11, .pdf, .doc, .docx
The research has to be related to the district heating and cooling technology and/or issues touching upon DHC.
The research report shall not contain any plagiarism of words and ideas. By submitting the paper, the applicant accepts the international research community rules.
No more than one contribution per person (mentioned as an author) is accepted. In case a group work wins the competition, only the person mentioned first receives financial contribution and is invited to the Awards ceremony.
Contributions which have already been praised with the International DHC+ Student Awards cannot be sent again. All other applicants can improve and re-submit their papers.
Papers that have already been published or submitted for a conference in the same form cannot be sent again.
Applications are evaluated by an international panel, comprising 8 academic and industry representatives from the DHC+ Technology Platform. The panel takes into account the information provided in the application form and the submitted paper.
There are 5 assessment criteria with their respective weight in the overall score.
(Note that not all criteria are applicable for each paper)
Overall importance to science and technology (30%)
Introduction into the topic
Description of the main problem and the underlying motivation
Description of the state of the art
Scope and objectives of the performed work
Clarification of the main target of the work
Methodology and logic of conclusions (20%)
Explanation, how to reach the goal and sub goals during work
Description of the chosen procedure
Communication of the used methods
Description of assumptions, external requirements and underlying data
Clarity and preciseness of presentation and topic (10%)
Abstract and Summary
Presentation of results in tables and figures
Quality of scientific performance (references, citations etc.)
Format and Structuring of the paper
Language and Readability
Expected market impact, DHC improvement and progress (30%)
Conclusion of the work and the results
Reliability of results
Application of results; description, how results can be transferred to the market
Analysis of the potential impact of results to DHC sector
Recommendations for further research
Creativity of approach and subject (10%)
Degree of innovation
Complexity of the topic
Combination or variation of methods
Many thanks to the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on DHC and EnergyVille who have been supporting the competition for many years!
CONTACT THE ORGANISERS
Should you have any questions about the DHC+ Student Awards, please do not hesitate to contact the DHC+ Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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