MMU Grüne Welt from Multimedia University Melaka Campus, Malaysia celebrating the Circular Economy Award

If you ever felt whether your hard work and efforts is worth it, ask the MMU Grüne Welt team at the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia. The team managed to won the Circular Economy Award. MMU Grüne Welt from Multimedia University Melaka Campus, Malaysia won the award based on their vehicle design, the circular potential of the components used to manufacture their vehicle and incorporation of an assessment method to analyse environmental impacts. The team also received a USD3000 prize.

The Circular Economy Award was introduced as an off-track award this year to recognise the team which demonstrates “circular economy” thinking in the concept, design and functioning of their vehicle. The objective is to motivate students to think how they can integrate the concept of circular economy in engineering of materials, products and services for real life industrial and consumer solutions.

“We did not expect to win the Circular Economy awards at all, especially since we did not perform very well last year – we weren’t even able to get a valid run. However, we learnt from our failure and learned from it. We couldn’t be happier as all our hard work and efforts finally paid off. I hope more Malaysian teams would participate in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the upcoming years and don’t let your failures discourage you” shared Athmas Thum, team manager for MMU Grüne Welt.

Drivers World Championship Qualifier Result – Roaring Singapore beats the competition

At the Drivers World Championship Qualifier, Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore beat other top UrbanConcept cars in a breathtaking race to cross the finish line without running out of their limited allocation of energy.

“We are very happy as the win wasn’t expected. It was nerve-wracking as we were a close second for most of the race. Our secret was honestly just very good teamwork – the team, monitoring every aspect of the car, letting me know how much energy to use and where to use it. So it was a very well-coordinated effort and that to me was the key to our success” shared Colin Ioh, team driver for Nanyang E Drive.

ITS Team 5 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia and team LH – EST from Lac Hong University in Vietnam took second and third place respectively.

The top three teams from the Asia qualifier will face off against the best UrbanConcept teams from the Americas and Europe in the Drivers’ World Championship to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK, on July 5, 2019. The ultimate winning team will be awarded with an invitation to visit Scuderia Ferrari’s exclusive headquarters in Italy. They will participate in exciting workshops and learn from the best at Ferrari.

2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Results

Category Winner Result
Internal Combustion Engine RMUTP Racing – Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon (Thailand) 1546.9 (km/l)
Battery Electric HuaQi-EV –Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology (China) 501.6 (km/kWh)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell TP ECO FLASH – Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore) 403.3 (km/m3)
Category Winner Result
Internal Combustion Engine ITS Team Sapuangin – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia) 395.1 (km/l)
Battery Electric LH-EST – Lac Hong University (Vietnam) 170.1 (km/kWh)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Nanyang E Drive – Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 93.9 (km/m3)
Podium Finish Team Country
1st Nanyang E Drive –Nanyang Technological University Singapore
2nd ITS Team 5 – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia
3rd LH – EST – Lac Hong University Vietnam

2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-track Awards

Communications Award

KMUTT E-Drive Revolution from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand demonstrated an impactful and successful integrated Communications campaign to promote their team ahead of the Shell Eco-marathon competition in 2019. The team walked away with a USD3000 prize in recognition of their continuous communicational and promotional activities.

Technical Innovation Award

GUC Innovators from German University in Cairo, Egypt demonstrated outstanding technical ingenuity where the team developed a system for vehicle drivers with physical limitations (such as missing arms or legs) using a drive by wire system that is controlled via brainwave and facial sensors. There is a real world need for this application and now the practicality of this is within technological reach. The student team walked away with a USD3000 prize.

Vehicle Design (Prototype) Award

Team AVERERA from Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University, India were awarded a USD3000 prize for their innovative design research and execution, where they captured the challenges faced and worked on root cause analysis with simulation and arrived at the optimum solution with material selection and design refinement.

Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept) Award

Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore also walked away with a USD3000 prize for their futuristic, lightweight, single seater vehicle design heavily inspired by the body and swept wings of the Green Dock Beetle.

Safety Award

CUT Eco-Racing UC from Cairo University, Egypt received a USD3000 prize for their team’s demonstration of behavioural safety while at Shell Eco Marathon. The team demonstrate safe working practices as well as an overall proactive approach to their own and other people’s safety, both in the paddocks and on the track.

Hydrogen Newcomer Award

Hydrogen is a crucial clean fuel for the future. The prize of USD3000 was presented to the best hydrogen newcomer ITS Team 5 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia whose vehicle displayed a good overall design with high energy efficiency and innovation.

Perseverance & Spirit of the Event Award

S.U. Racing Team from Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University, Kazakhstan displayed strong commitment to improvement and overcoming hurdles. Learning from previous experience in Shell Eco Marathon 2018, the team showed tremendous growth this year and speed through technical inspection while showing preparedness, determination and excellence in their dedication and conduct. The student team walked away with a USD3000 prize.

Posted by Yat Kean

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