TP is streets ahead in fuel cell technology


The TP Engineering team with their 2nd generation fuel cell car

Brushing aside their less efficient opponents, TP's School of Engineering retained their championship title by winning the Gold award in the annual Shell Eco Marathon race (Hydrogen category) held from 29 Apr to 2 May 2019 at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Contesting teams had to drive their self-designed vehicles around a 10km race 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.  Competing race cars also had to undergo a technical inspection to ensure that they conformed to strict specifications.

The TP team clocked 403.3km / cubic metres of hydrogen – only slightly lower than their 404 score achieved at the same competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre last year – despite this year’s more demanding and undulating Sepang track which included several fuel-consuming uphill climbs.  Effectively, TP’s car this year was more fuel-efficient than last year’s model, thanks to its improved aerodynamics and 30% lighter weight.

In any case, TP’s score of 403.3km / cubic metres of hydrogen was enough to beat their next closest rival and competition-veterans from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (which managed 122.5km / cubic metre) into second spot.

The TP team comprised 2 students from the Diploma in Clean Energy and 7 students from the Diploma in Mechatronics. 

With the win, TP’s School of Engineering has not only proven its expertise in mechatronics and clean energy, but also exposed the huge gap in fuel cell technology between TP and its competitors.