2 teams join Shell Eco-Marathon Asia

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TWO TEAMS of 13 students flew to the Philippines yesterday to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia (SEMA) 2016.

From March 3 to March 6, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) will be competing against more than 100 teams at Luneta Park, Manila in a competition that challenges student teams around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles.

UBD which has competed since 2011 will be represented by UBD GENNEXT Pejuang in two categories, the Urban Concept Category and Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category.

Meanwhile ITB competing for the first time will be represented by Team ONE-U in the Prototype Battery Electric Vehicle Category.

Last year, UBD placed third in the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category achieving a distance of 186.8 kilometres on one cubic metre of hydrogen.

“We’re thinking of doubling the range,” said Md Khairul Zhafri Hj Md Noor, a student from the Faculty of Science and Team Manager for UBD GENNEXT Pejuang.

Md Khairul Zhafri Hj Md Noor, said that he was confident as his team has done a lot of research and improvement to their prototype in preparation for the competition but remains wary as there are now more teams competing in the same category.

NurBasitah Raduan, a student from Faculty of Engineering and team manager for Team ONE-U said that they have been working on their vehicle for one year as it was their final year project last year.

She added that one of the challenges that they faced was the delay in receiving parts which gave them less time to build and test drive their vehicle.

“We don’t know what to expect yet as this is our first time joining the competition so it’s going to be a challenging event but the most important thing is that we deliver our best and making sure that we gain as much experience that we can,” said NurBasitah adding that the experience they bring may help create interests and inspire fellow students to participate in future competitions as well.

“We have gain a lot of skills such as communications, teamwork, integrated planning and have applied those skills to this project,” said NurBasitah.

“It has been hectic but it’s all worth info,” added NurBasitah.

Present during the send-off were UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz, Dean of Faculty of Integrated Technologies, UBD Pg Dr Iskandar Pg Hj Petra, ITB Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman, ITB Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic) Pg Dr Hj Mohd Esa Al-Islam Pg Hj Md Yunus.

Also in attendance were Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, managing director of Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM), Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Deputy Managing Director Hj Kamaluddin Hj Bungsu, BSP’s Communication and External Affairs Manager Hj Amir Hamzah Hj Hanafi, representatives from BSM and BSP as well as other sponsors supporting both institutions.

The Brunei Times