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US energy ratailer Constellation is accepting applications for its 2019 E2 Energy to Educate grant programme.

The programme provides funding for student research projects focusing on energy innovation.

Students in grades 6-12 can apply for programme grants up to $25,000, and students in two- and four-year colleges can apply for grants up to $50,000. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2019.

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To be eligible for funding, a project must be team-oriented, reach a minimum of 100 students, and align with the following energy innovation themes:

  1. Smart Home: How will new technologies and artificial intelligence transform our home energy usage in the future? More and more, homes are generating their own electricity and interactive technology is becoming a part of our daily lives.
  2. Electrification: What will the future of transportation look like? New technologies can power us into a cleaner energy future via electrification.
  3. Clean Energy & Zero Waste: How do we understand which energy sources and choices will have the greatest impact on our collective and individual carbon footprint? What if we could harness and store energy that would otherwise be wasted? The recycling & storage movement is catching on in energy thanks to innovative technologies.

Jorge Acevedo, senior vice president, Innovation and Strategy for Constellation, said: “It’s imperative that we do our part to support and encourage the next generation of energy industry leaders. Signature programmes such as Energy to Educate do just that.

“To date, we’ve provided more than $3.4 million for research and education programmes that have fueled the exploration into STEM fields for more than 180,000 students.”

In 2018, Energy to Educate awarded more than $450,000 across 20 projects and reached more than 18,000 students nationwide.

Exelon companies, together with Constellation, contributed more than $51 million to nonprofits in 2018 supporting education, the environment, culture and arts, and community development.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.