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Engineers on electrical courses invited to take part in design project

Technicians on electrical courses may like to get involved in a new government scheme to design the next generation of electricity pylon.

The competition has been organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects, National Grid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Engineers who have - or are studying - electrical course qualifications are among those being asked to submit ideas that will help shape what upcoming pylons will look like.

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne commented: "I hope the pylon design competition will ignite creative excitement, but also help the wider public understand the scale of the energy challenge ahead of us."

He went on to explain that the equivalent of 20 new power stations will need to be built by 2020, which will all require connecting to the grid via pylons.

Among the points that people must consider when designing such items are durability, flexibility and maintenance, according to the competition website.

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