Indonesia and Thailand overall winners at Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia 2014

Indonesia and Thailand emerged overall victors at Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia 2014 with four and three champion titles each respectively. Team ‘How Much Ethanol’ from Panjavidhya Technological College Thailand drove 2,730km on a litre of ethanol – the highest mileage recorded at this year’s competition and the equivalent distance from Manila to Jakarta.

The team is joined by fellow Thai winners Sakon Nakhon Technical College in the Prototype Gasoline category and Rattanakosin Technological College in the Prototype Battery Electric category. Since Shell Eco-marathon Asia started in 2010, Thai teams have been dominating the leader-boards with their winning ultra-efficient vehicles.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014“Our winning formula was to focus 97% of our efforts on designing the car and 3% on the engine. Our car was custom-designed around our designated driver for optimal performance and we built the engine to maximise the capacity of our car,” said Chumphol Sitthios, team manager for Panjavidhya Technological College. “We also practiced on a Thailand circuit which has a similar layout to Luneta Park.”

Indonesian student teams bagged four Urban Concept wins – Universitas Indonesia for Urban Concept Gasoline, University of Sumatera Utara for Urban Concept Ethanol, Politeknik Negeri Pontianak for Urban Concept Diesel and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember for Urban Concept FAME. This is Universitas Indonesia’s second consecutive win in the Urban Concept Gasoline category with a new best performance of 301.7km/l – almost double their previous results.

“We are proud to be representing Indonesia again and competing alongside other countries in an international event like Shell Eco-marathon Asia. We’re so happy with the victory and to improve our score this year – we designed the car body to be more aerodynamic and improved the energy efficiency of our engine system,” said Pither Supermando, Student Team Manager, Sadewa Otto, Universitas Indonesia.

Improved Mileage Performance in Five Categories

Student participants of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 overcame the challenges of a new urban circuit to clock improved mileage results in five out of 12 categories, compared to the previous edition. New best scores were recorded for Prototype Diesel by China’s Tongji University at 616.2km/l, Prototype Gasoline by Sakon Nakhon Technical College at 1,796.0km/l, Urban Concept Gasoline by Universitas Indonesia at 301.7km/l, Urban Concept Battery Electric by Institute of Technical Education Singapore at 126.3km/l and Urban Concept Diesel by Indonesia’s Politeknik Negeri Pontianak at 70.3km/l.

This is the first year Shell Eco-marathon Asia takes place on the streets of Luneta Park in Manila, having previously been held at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur. The new urban setting is designed to test the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real world environment.

“A street circuit certainly presents more difficulty as vehicles tend to consume more energy while navigating urban roads. The fact that teams are still making marked improvements on their scores and clocking new personal bests is extremely impressive,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.

This year’s winners bested 105 student teams from 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the Urban Concept 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 or 1 litre of fuel.

Closing the event, Edgar Chua, Shell companies in the Philippines Country Chairman said: “In the Philippines we have a saying ‘the youth are our hope for the future.’ When I look at all the young, budding students and what they have achieved at Shell Eco-marathon Asia, I too am inspired myself. I hope they have had a great experience – in learning new skills, absorbing new cultures and making new friends.”

Six Off-Track Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Teams

In addition to the 12 On-Track awards, teams also competed for six Off-Track Awards that tested the team’s various 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 the Shell Helix Tribology Award. 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.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia also welcomed thousands of visitors to Asia’s first ever Shell Energy Lab –
a spectacular experience for people of all ages showcasing the future of energy, technology and mobility.

Overview of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 winners

PROTOTYPE CATEGORY

Hydrogen
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/kWh)
1 UiTM Eco-Sprint Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Hydrogen 77.6km/kWh
2 UKM 2 Car Fuel Cell Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Hydrogen 52.1km/kWh

Battery Electric
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/kWh)
1 Rattanakosin Technological College Thailand Rattanakosin Technological College Battery Electric 263.4km/kWh
2 Huaqi EV Team China Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology Battery Electric 247.9km/kWh

Petrol (gasoline) Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 Virgin Thailand Sakon Nakhon Technical College Gasoline 1,796.0km/l
2 ATE.1 Thailand Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School Gasoline 1,078.1km/l

Diesel Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 Zeal Eco-power Diesel China Tongji University Diesel 616.2km/l
2 NTU Diesel Car Racing Team Singapore Nanyang Technological University Diesel 338.3km/l

Alternative Petrol (gasoline) Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 How Much Ethanol Thailand Panjavidhya Technological College Ethanol 2,730.8km/l
2 Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa Thailand Dhurakij Pundit University Ethanol 2,211.3km/l

Alternative Diesel Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 Team Monash 2 Malaysia Monash University, Malaysia GTL 116.6km/l
2 Gernas Qatar Qatar University GTL 75.2km/l

URBAN CONCEPT CATEGORY

Hydrogen
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 UiTM Eco-Planet Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Hydrogen 44.5km/l

Battery Electric
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/kWh)
1 ITERBO3 Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Battery Electric 126.3km/kWh
2 DLSU Eco-Car Team – Electric Philippines De La Salle University Battery Electric 66.4km/kWh

Petrol (gasoline) Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 Sadewa Otto Indonesia Universitas Indonesia Gasoline 301.7km/l
2 Bengawan Team 2 Indonesia Sebelas Maret University Gasoline 83.0km/l

Diesel Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 Mesin Polnep Diesel Team Indonesia Politeknik Negeri Pontianak Diesel 70.3km/l
2 Horas USU Indonesia University of Sumatera Utara Diesel 57.8km/l

Alternative Petrol (gasoline) Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 HORAS MESIN Indonesia University of Sumatera Utara Ethanol 101.4km/l

Alternative Diesel Fuel
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt
(km/l)
1 ITS Team 2 Indonesia Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember FAME 151.4km/l
2 Cikal Diesel Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung FAME 120.0km/l

Off-Track Awards Winners:

Communications
PNEC NUST-PROTOTYPE
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Karachi
Pakistan

PNEC NUST-PROTOTYPE was selected because of their innovative approach to creating awareness and support for their team for Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Besides important traditional media partnerships, they went to various public forums targeting college and school students, families and the community at large. They secured interest from local celebrities who helped attract a much wider audience through their own social media presence. Their communications mix and use of multiple channels and platforms were both effective and innovative in meeting their objectives.

Vehicle Design
NTU DIESEL CAR RACING TEAM
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

The team’s technical paper presented a complete and comprehensible account of their different research undertakings which should be the mark of a true engineering researcher. During their interviews with the jury, they readily answered all queries and even provided updates on their progress. Lastly, their actual performance on the track was in sync with their desired design – proving that their design worked.

Technical Innovation
NANYANG E DRIVE
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

Nanyang E Drive won this award because of their use and placement of an electromagnetic clutch to eliminate most drive-train losses when coasting, and for incorporating a splitter to separate turbulent and laminar flows to reduce drag.

Perseverance and Spirit of the Event
MIT ECO-WARRIORS
Madras Institute of Technology
India

DLSU ECO CAR TEAM – ELECTRIC
De La Salle University
Philippines

All teams displayed perseverance and spirit of the event in different ways. These teams stood out because of their persistence and generosity while maintaining a positive attitude. From having no car to passing technical inspection and obtaining a valid track run, Team MIT Eco-Warriors is exemplary of perseverance. DLSU Eco Car Team – Electric demonstrated great team spirit as they came forward to help.

Safety
NTU DIESEL CAR RACING TEAM
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

Safety was effectively employed into the core of their design with impressive risk assessment studies and clever use of materials. Special attention was placed on computer design and laser cut strips of wood that were made to absorb energy in case of impact, yet break up into small parts and not large dangerous shards. It was also noted that the team displayed exceptional safety practices in their garage by maintaining a very orderly work environment free from avoidable hazards.

Shell Helix Tribology
TEAM MONASH 2
Monash University, Malaysia
Malaysia

Team Monash 2 recognised the importance of keeping their vehicle components clean and lubricated. They conducted a simple experiment to arrive at the conclusion. They also demonstrated an understanding of the impact of their fuel of choice, GTL Diesel, on lubrication in the vehicle engine. This team recognised the importance of choosing the right viscosity, minimising friction and maximising fuel economy.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 is held in partnership with the Philippine Government, especially the Department of Tourism, Department of Energy and the City of Manila. Its global Partners include HP (Official Global Information Technology (IT) Partner), Michelin (Official Global Paddock Partner and Tyre Supplier), The Linde Group (Official Global Paddock Partner) and Southwest Research Institute (Official Global Paddock Partner). Local private sector partners are Unilever Philippines, Solane, Coca-Cola, Globe, Lego and Hyundai.