UBD places third at Shell Eco-marathon

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONE of Brunei’s competing teams at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) placed third in their debut at the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category last Sunday.

Team GenNext Pejuang from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hit the street circuit in Manila with two attempts, their best achieving a distance of 186.8 kilometres on one cubic metre of hydrogen, a UBD statement said.

Malaysia’s UiTM Eco-Sprint and Eco-Voyager came in first and second respectively, with distances of 315.6 and 216 kilometres on a cubic metre of hydrogen.

At the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, teams compete in either the UrbanConcept or Prototype category, measuring who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of one kilowatt-hour (1 kWh) of electricity, one cubic metre of hydrogen or one litre of fuel.

Pejuang, made up of five UBD students, was led by Team Manager Sham Neng Yao, currently a BEng in Systems Engineering student.

“After participating since 2011, we are absolutely delighted that Brunei has finally won something. This is the first time a Bruneian team has been in the Top 3 in any SEMA category,” said the event manager and communicator for Pejuang, Nazurah Mohd Noor.

She hoped Pejuang’s placing would bring more support from the public in the future, and draw more sponsors for Brunei teams.

“Every cent and kind word will go a long way in Brunei’s participating at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia,” she added.

Other Bruneian delegations competing were UBD’s GenNext Harapan, as well as Pusat Latihan Mekanik’s Alpha 4 and Alpha 7.

Brunei’s Delegation Head Pg Sofhrin Pg Hj Ibrahim said there was a great camaraderie among the Bruneian and international teams.

“It was a proud feeling to see our PLM and UBD teams on countless times help out other teams, such as Qatar and Bangladesh, some of whom were joining SEMA for the very first time,” he said.

Pejuang’s vehicle, dubbed Nakhoda, is a tribute to the fifth Sultan of Brunei, known for his perseverance and relentless spirit for progress.

Over 120 student teams from 17 countries across the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa competed in the eco-marathon this year.

The Brunei Times