Students from South Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa have conquered the streets of Luneta Park, Manila to set five new mileage records at Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan clinched first place in the Prototype Shell FuelSave Diesel category with a new record mileage of 1,245 km/l at the street circuit, more than double last year’s winning score. Also doubling last year’s result was ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia, who recorded 153 km/l in the UrbanConcept Shell FuelSave Diesel category. For the first time, Pakistani Team Innova of PIEAS achieved the 3rd position in the Urban Concept Shell Fuelsave Gasoline category by driving 58.1 km/litre, over 42 other teams in the category.
“We are elated to be the first Pakistani team to achieve a position in the competition. We strived for almost a year, working day and night to ensure our vehicle met the high safety standards and specifications required at SEM Asia 2015. I think main reason behind our success is that every team member understood and played his part with commitment and diligence. I’m grateful to each one of them for supporting my decisions and for stretching themselves beyond their comfort zones,” said Ali Shahzad, team lead of Innova from PIEAS, Islamabad.
Last year, the Pakistani team from GIKI managed to secure 6th position while PNEC-NUST won the Off-track Communications Award.
Speaking of Pakistan’s progress in SEM Asia 2015, Afshan Khan, Social Investment Manager, Shell Pakistan Limited said, “This is a remarkable achievement for Pakistan and proves that resilience and persistent hard work pays off. Shell Pakistan has been working closely with our student teams to help them perform better each year, and we’ve seen an amazing increase in energy and focus with all the Pakistani teams – we applaud all the teams, especially PIEAS for coming this far and hopefully we can win a 1st position prize next year.”
Three other teams achieving new mileage records include Team LH – Gold Energy of Lac Hong University, Vietnam who won the UrbanConcept Alternative Fuel category with 164 km/l on ethanol, and Prototype Battery Electric champion Team NSTRU Eco-Racing from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Thailand with a mileage of 451km/kWh. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia bettered their own winning result last year to champion the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category again with a record mileage of 315 km/m3.
"We are very happy to be the first Vietnamese team ever to win at a Shell Eco-marathon Asia event. We are honoured to represent Vietnam and proud that we are bringing our university to a regional competition,” said Le Phuong Long, Team Leader of LH – Gold Energy from Lac Hong University, Vietnam. “The team has learned a lot and done our best to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency, and we dedicate this win to Vietnam.”
Thailand has emerged overall victor for the second year running at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia street circuit event. Apart from Team NSTRU Eco-Racing in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, the contingent won two other on-track titles including Team ATE.1 from Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School who clinched the Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline award with a mileage of 1,490 km/l. Team Virgin of Sakonnakhon Technical College Thailand, winner of 2014’s Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline category, clocked the highest mileage of the competition in a different category this year with 1,572 km on a litre of ethanol – the approximate equivalent distance between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.
“The team wanted to challenge itself with a new type of engine this year and decided to build a new vehicle with a carbon fibre body which makes the car lighter,” said Sakonnakhon Technical College’s Team Advisor Mr. Pramuan Ronyut. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance in an international arena like this – it is a great platform for students interested in this field to compete against and learn from other country teams.”
This year’s winners bested over 120 student teams from 17 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa – including new entrants from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the UrbanConcept or Prototype category in any of the seven different energy types. Results are measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh of electricity, 1 m3 of hydrogen or 1 litre of fuel.
“I’m proud to see more teams and nations than ever joining the Shell Eco-marathon family this year. It’s very impressive that new starters from countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bangladesh have made successful runs and recorded results in their first year, and I look forward to welcoming more newcomers in the next edition,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.
Six Off-Track Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Teams
In addition to the 10 On-Track awards, teams also competed for six Off-Track Awards that tested their technical and creative skills, as well as their approach to safety and sustainability. A panel of experts from various fields judged the students on a variety of categories that covered Safety, Communications, Technical Innovation, Vehicle Design, Perseverance and Spirit of the Event and Tribology. The Shell Helix Tribology Award is an off-track award that recognises student teams that demonstrate the use of lubrication engineering principles to improve the fuel efficiency result of their vehicles.
The “Perseverance and Spirit of the Event” award went to Team Alfaisal from Alfaisal University of Saudi Arabia, for showing great resilience despite a delay in receiving their car onsite. The precious time lost did not stop them from sharing their materials and resources with neighbouring teams. They donated their spare engine to a competing Philippine team who faced sudden challenges with their engine.
“It’s not all about the competition, but about the shared knowledge as well,” said Abdulmoshin Albabtain, Team Alfaisal’s driver and team leader. “Several teams came to help us as we experienced challenges along the way. It was all for one and one for all.”
Team Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University Singapore won two off-track awards in Safety and Technical Innovation. For the latter award, the team impressed the judges from Southwest Research Institute with the application of a novel steering mechanism which included stepper motor control. As a result, the vehicle was able to lean when turning corners to maintain its speed.
“Shell Eco-marathon is about inspiring the youth to come up with solutions for the future. This innovation will help us look at smarter mobility, and explore new types of fuel which can be more sustainable,” said Edgar Chua, Country Chairman of the Shell companies in the Philippines.