Over 100 student teams from all across Asia, Middle East and Africa will gather in the Philippines in March for a unique four-day event to showcase, test and drive their self-built fuel-efficient vehicles on the city streets of Manila. A public event celebrating ideas and innovation, the best up-and-coming engineers, designers and inventors, and cutting-edge thinking about energy and mobility, Shell Eco-marathon will be held for the third and final time in Manila, at a specially designed street circuit.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders. At the event, student teams are challenged to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real world urban environment, and winners are determined by the mileage achieved on a litre of fuel, rather than speed. Last year’s competition saw Team Virgin from Sakonnakhon Technical College in Thailand drive 1,572 km on a litre of ethanol – the approximate equivalent distance between Cairo and Jeddah.
Two student teams from Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering will take part in this years’ event. QU’s teams are made up of students from the College’s departments of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering. They will be racing alongside students from universities, colleges and technical institutes from16 countries across the region.
Rob Sherwin, General Manager Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell said: “We are very pleased to see Qatar University once again participating in Shell Eco-Marathon Asia. It is very impressive to see the high-level of detailed preparations and innovative thinking that the students have demonstrated in the design and assembly of the vehicles. Eco-marathon provides a great opportunity for students to experience what it’s like to translate their engineering skills to tangible products, and to work as teams to find solutions for current issues that face the industry and the world."
Student teams may participate in the Prototype or UrbanConcept vehicle categories of the competition. The Prototype category will see student teams entering cars of the future – streamlined vehicles focused on maximising fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. The UrbanConcept category will focus on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles. Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on the roads today. A total of more than 100 vehicles – composed of Prototype and UrbanConcept models – have been entered for this year’s competition.
Abdulaziz Al Shiebah from Qatar University Gernas team, said: “Shell Eco-Marathon is a great opportunity to build teamwork and communication skills while tackling a real-life engineering problem. We are applying the engineering knowledge we have gained in class to help us address the global challenges we face around finding new solutions for the future of energy and mobility. I can’t wait to see how well we do this year.”
For both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories, teams may enter vehicles using any of the following energy types: gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell. Results for the electrically-powered vehicles are expressed in km per kilowatt hour (km/kWh), and in km per litre (km/l) for the other energy types. Students will have the freedom to exercise their creativity in technical and design aspects, with the condition that all vehicles entered meet specific safety rules.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 will see 24 On-Track awards with prize money of US$2,000 for Winners in both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories. In addition, teams will also be vying for five Off-Track awards: Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety and Perseverance and Spirit of the Event.
The flag-off ceremony for the student competition will be held on 4 March at the historic Rizal Park, while the closing ceremony and awards presentation will be held on 6 March at Manila Hotel.
Running alongside Shell Eco-marathon Asia, this year also marks the third edition of the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum in Manila, where more than 250 thought leaders from business, government and civil society around Asia Pacific gather to discuss challenges and potential solutions surrounding global energy, water and food resources. Building on a discussion on the energy-water-food stress nexus in 2014, and resilience in an urbanising world in 2015, this year’s forum will focus on “Collaboration for a Sustainable Future”. The Shell Powering Progress Together Forum 2016 will showcase and celebrate concrete examples of multi-sector collaborative action towards a more resilient and sustainable future.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 will also feature the newly introduced Energy Zone, an attraction that allows visitors to experience a captivating and educational adventure into the future of energy, cities and sustainability. A live fan zone will allow visitors to get close to the track, learn more about the challenge and grab a bite to eat.