9 Feb 16

Budding young radio presenter quizzes power station physicist

A Year 8 student from Folkestone Academy interviewed a local power station employee to find out about radiation and how nuclear power works. 

Theo, who is from Folkestone and has his own weekly show on the Academy’s radio station, put his questions to John Earnshaw, Environmental Safety Group Head at Dungeness B in Kent.
John said: “Young people ask challenging and direct questions and I hope Theo has come away with a good understanding of what radiation is and how it can be managed safely. We also spoke about nuclear energy, why it is an important part of our future energy mix and the positive contributions that Dungeness B makes both locally and nationally.”
The feature is part of Academy FM’s Get On project, sponsored by The Wellcome Trust, which links school children with interesting science-based stories.
Helen, who leads on the project is an ex-BBC science and medical journalist. She said: “Experiences like this can really bring a subject to life for young people and John has done a brilliant job in answering the questions in such a way that Theo and his peers will be able to understand. Sometimes the toughest questions to answer can come from people that are new to the subject.”
Theo added: “I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up yet, but as well as radio I am really interested in science. Now I understand a bit more about what goes on at the power station I want to book a tour and see it in real life.” 
Dungeness B’s visitor centre is open to the public on weekdays and has proven to be very popular with many school and college groups.
There is a classroom on site and pupils are given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant.
To book a visit the public can contact the station via: dungenessBtours@edf-energy.com or call 01797 343728.
The programme will be aired on 09 February and available on the station’s YouTube channel afterwards. 

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use.

EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.