The hyper-efficient team from TP’s School of Engineering
Competing for the very first time, the team from TP's School of Engineering brushed aside their more experienced rivals to win the Gold award in the annual Shell Eco Marathon race (Hydrogen category) held on 11 Mar 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.
The competition challenges students from around the world to design, build, test and drive vehicles that run on clean energy, with the objective of promoting environmental awareness and the importance of clean energy alternatives among youths today.
Contesting teams had to drive their self-designed vehicles around a 10km urban circuit on the least amount of hydrogen consumed. They were given a maximum of 6 attempts to complete the circuit, with the most efficient attempt recorded.
The TP team clocked 404.3km / cubic metre of hydrogen, beating their nearest rivals and competition-veterans from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (which managed 380.8km / cubic metre) into second spot.
TP’s team members comprised three students from the Diploma in Clean Energy and six students from the Diploma in Mechatronics. Pooling their expertise and applying the knowledge which they have gained from their respective diploma courses, the students fabricated an eco-car with a chassis that is wholly made of carbon fibre, and which is powered by the world’s smallest and lightest hydrogen fuel cell – code named “Falcon-1000” – a patented invention jointly developed by the School of Engineering's Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) and industry partner Duralite Power Pte Ltd.
With the win, the School of Engineering has proven its expertise in mechatronics and clean energy, and in particular, its strong niche in hydrogen fuel cells.