12 Oct 2016

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Measuring the carbon footprint of the Ben Ainslie Racing teams activities is just one of the challenges Kings College Old Collegian John Joseph (JJ) Marie (Parnell, 2010-13) has taken on during his internship with the British Americas Cup team.

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Marie, who is currently completing a Master of Chemistry at the University of Southampton, says during his six months with the team (which included two three-month internships) they put his skills to good use.

I was really lucky that the person in charge of the teams sustainability department picked up on the fact that I was a chemistry student and asked if Id be interested in working on that aspect of the team.

During his first three-month internship Marie developed a computer model to estimate the carbon emissions involved in manufacturing composite parts and carried out Life Cycle Assessmentsfor the teams test boats.

Marie carried on the work with his second internship looking at the full carbon footprint for the team activities and trying to identify what had the greatest impact on the footprint and how they could reduce it.

I also looked into recycling carbon fiber composites, and was recycling small composite pieces at Portsmouth University - breaking it down to reclaim the valuable carbon fiber. My big project this time round was making a giant Anglepoise lamp out of recycled carbon fibers, taken from off cuts of pieces used on the boats and dry fiber off cuts.

Marie initially only submitted his CV after his father - who works for the team - suggested it but he says really enjoyed the experience and it has encouraged him to consider a career in renewable energies.

I chose to study chemistry with a long-term view towards working in the field of composite materials. The internship has really opened my eyes to what can be achieved and how chemistry can be applied in different ways.

Through the team, I've been exposed to a lot of really great people working in the broader field of sustainability who have given me a great deal of support and encouragement. Now Ive made sustainability the main focus for the rest of my studies and - hopefully - a career path beyond that.

A talented sailor himself, Marie has also been part of two successful bids for the University National Keel Boat Championships in 2015 and 2016.

Kings Parnell Housemaster Harry Wichman says it is no surprise Marie is using his talents in yachting.

In 2013 he singlehandedly won us House Sailing. I would go to his Head of House room and he would be building model yachts. The passion was certainly strong while he was here at King's."