Putrajaya – Shell Malaysia today held a symbolic send off for student teams representing Malaysia in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011 to be held at Sepang International Circuit from 6-9 July. The flag off was officiated by Datuk Hj Fadillah bin Yusof, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and Anuar Taib, Chairman, Shell Malaysia.
The Malaysian contingent comprises teams from 16 universities across Malaysia and will compete against 93 other teams from the rest of Asia. Altogether, the 2011 Asian series has attracted 117 entries from 14 countries, compared to 81 teams from 10 countries last year. This year will also see participation from several new countries including Brunei, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Malaysia will send the largest number of teams in the competition with 23, followed by Pakistan (20), Thailand (20), India (12), Indonesia (10), Singapore (8), Philippines (7), Iran (4), China (4), Brunei (3), Vietnam (3), Japan (1), Hong Kong (1) and Taiwan (1).
Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to build a vehicle that can travel the furthest using the least amount of fuel. The event seeks to inspire young innovators and engineers from around the region to develop new approaches to sustainable mobility.
As an educational project that encourages and fosters innovation in exploring potential solutions to both current and future transport and energy challenges, Shell Eco-marathon is an inspiring element of Shell's "Smarter Mobility" approach to speed up the global shift to cleaner, more energy-efficient road transport.
The Eco-marathon challenges students to push the boundaries with innovative fuel efficiency solutions.
“Shell aims to be the most competitive and innovative energy company. We want to develop innovative technology solutions to deliver the energy that our customers need. We recognise that technology can help us remain competitive, raise our operational efficiency and in doing so, reduce costs,” said Anuar at the event.
“The winner of the Shell Eco-marathon is the vehicle that can translate the application of technology and human ingenuity into fuel conservation and efficiency,” he said.
In the spirit of innovative solutions, the electric-mobility category has been introduced for Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011, where teams may use power sources such as hydrogen, solar and plug-in electricity.
The Malaysian contingent is drawn from Curtin University of Technology Sarawak, International Islamic University Malaysia, Multimedia University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Taylor’s University, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia (UiTM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, University of Malaya, University Technology of Petronas, and UTM International Campus.
They will field 18 prototype and five urban concept vehicles, powered by gasoline, plug-in electricity, hydrogen, diesel, solar and ethanol.
The Malaysian teams will also battle for a special award which was introduced last year to spur further interest and participation by local institutions of higher learning. The “Best Malaysian Team” award is an additional prize for Malaysian teams for the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011 competition, comprising a challenge trophy and RM10,000. In 2010, the UTM Fuel Cell Vehicle team from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) won the award.
The award is open to all Malaysian-based teams competing at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011 and determined by the team’s overall achievement in safety and technical performance, and marketing and communications competence. Teams must submit their achievements on paper by 31 July 2011.