Their determination is to proof that automotive young designers in Indonesia are able to compete in international stage.
The Rector of ITS, Prof Ir Priyo Suprobo Msc Phd, said, "Very grateful that the team from ITS was able to achieve satisfactory result in SEM Asia last year. Judging from the result, we are proud that Indonesians can be better than people from other countries. We hope that three participating teams from ITS will be challenged to show better achievement hence bringing good reputation for Indonesia at the international stage.”
The ITS Rector also stated that the participation of ITS in the SEM Asia proves the institution’s gesture to address the global energy challenge, that is how automotive industry players are motivated to develop energy-efficient and environmental-friendly vehicles.
At SEM 2010, the team from ITS with its Sapu Angin 2 successfully won two prestigious awards - Grand Prize in the category of Gasoline Fuel Award and first prize in the category of Urban gasoline vehicle award with internal combustion engine. The Sapu Angin 2 was able to travel the distance of 238 km with one litre of gasoline. This 238km/litre beat the record at the SEM America in the same category by Mater Dei Team of Canada with 184 km for 1 litre gasoline. With this achievement, the team from ITS feels confident that Sapu Angin 1, Sapu Angin 2 and Sapu Angin 3 will be able to reach hundreds of kilometres with 1 litre fuel.
There were 81 teams from 10 countries participated in last year’s SEM Asia, while at SEM 2011 there will be 121 teams from 14 participating countries. Those 14 countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippine, Thailand, Hongkong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Iran, Pakistan, Japan, China and India.
Darwin Silalahi, Country Chairman and President Director of PT Shell Indonesia stated that SEM is one of contributions of Shell towards smarter mobility. Along with the increase of the world’s population from currently 6.5 billion to 9 billion in 2050, the need for transportation mobility will also increase. As the consequence, the need for energy will also multiply.
“Around one fifth of world’s energy is used by transportation sector. The percentage of fuel usage for transportation is even higher, that is 60%. The most important part of our business is providing energy in the form of fuel and lubricants. If the number of cars and trucks increases from currently 900 million to 2 billion in 2050, it is easy to predict that the need of energy for transportation will also be enormous – economically expensive, produce high carbon emission and causing negative impact to the environment. Therefore, participation of ITS’ students in this SEM Asia will be very important to take part in addressing global problem, that is to create energy efficient mobility, environmental-friendly while at the same time taking into consideration the safety aspects.”
In designing Sapu Angin, apart from the design factor, the teams of ITS must also pay attention to the weight and stability of the vehicle.
Eko Hardianto, manager of ITS Team 2 stated that, “The most important factor required to produce energy efficient vehicle is the weight of the vehicle. It must be the lightest possible and with equal stability as well as reduce friction. “Therefore we try to design vehicles with the above three factors in consideration, without compromising safety and environmental-friendly aspects.”
The SEM competition is divided into two categories namely futuristic prototype vehicles and urban concept vehicles. The primary design consideration for prototype category is reducing drag and maximizing energy efficiency, while for the urban category is the design of 4 wheels vehicle and to be used in current realistic urban condition.
The ITS teams will take part in the two categories : Sapu Angin 1 is the prototype vehicle with gasoline fuel, while the vehicles for urban concept category are Sapu Angin 2 with diesel fuel and Sapu Angin 3 with gasoline fuel. The name Sapu Angin itself is taken from the charm of Sunan Kalijaga who, according to the legend, was able to move from one place to another swiftly.
This team has already been formed since November 2010 comprising 17 mechanical engineering students from year 2007 and 2008. The selected members have undergone selection process conducted by the last year’s successful team. They are classified according to their competence and divided into 3 teams under one management.
The ITS mechanical engineering teams have received substantial supports from many parties such as ITS alumni association and large corporations as the sponsors such as PT. Astra Honda Motor, PT. Borka Energi Lestari, PT. Lintech Duta Pratama, PT. Semen Gresik, PT. Bukit Asam, PT. Maruline Maju Utama.
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