Indonesian team wins top hydrogen-powered vehicle prize for first time at Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023
Jul 08, 2023
An Indonesian student team won the top prize in the hydrogen fuel cell category of the Urban Concept competition at Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 for the first time, beating returning teams from Singapore.
The Semar Urban UGM team from the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, a city in the Indonesian island of Java, clocked in a best mileage of 276.4 kilometres per cubic meter (km/m3), beating returning champion TP ECO FLASH from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore who came in third this year. Singapore team HYD12OGEN from Nanyang Technological University came in second in the category.
Indonesian student teams clinched top three spots in other sub-categories of the Urban Concept competition: internal combustion engine and battery electric.
Eblin Alle Azarya, team manager of Semar Urban UGM said, “This is very surprising for us, because this is the first time we are competing in the hydrogen sub-category. This result has become a proud moment and has boosted our confidence for the Regional Championship.”
The team will compete with other top three teams of each category of the Urban Competition during the Regional Championship on Sunday, for a chance to qualify for the global World Championship later this year.
The Prototype Competition kicked off on Saturday where students are tasked to design ultraefficient, lightweight designs, typically with three wheels, with the primary goal of optimising the efficiency of innovative energy sources. They can then choose from one of three energy sources: battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell or internal combustion engine (gasoline, ethanol, and/or diesel).
Forty-one out of 46 registered teams qualified to enter the Prototype competition. One of them is an all-women team from Qatar, known as GERNAS-E. The team members are students from the first batch of the mechatronics college, recently inaugurated in the women’s section of Qatar university.
Tala Zaim, driver of the team said, “We are proud that we met the technical guidelines, which were challenging for us, given this is the first time we are taking part in Shell Eco-marathon. But we are proud to be an all-women team taking part this year, and we hope to encourage more women to pursue Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and be part of engineering a better future.”
Shell NXplorers: Encouraging critical thinking among the young generation
Alongside the main on-track competition, Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023 hosted the Shell NXPlorers side event starting on Saturday.
Shell NXplorers is an educational programme to help young people develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills throughout their school and professional lives.
In Indonesia, the Shell NXplorers programme consists of three main components: training, competition, and mentoring. During training, participants receive guidance on systematic thinking, scenario planning, and theories of change. This enables them to analyse complex problems and propose appropriate, sustainable solutions or changes.
In addition, participants competed in the NXplorers Indonesia Challenge where they were encouraged to choose a problem they wished to address, examine its root cause, propose a resolution, describe the tools and devices used, and present their most effective solution. Winners will be given a chance to be mentored, equipping them with practical tips to transform their ideas into reality.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2023
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Award
|Rank||Race Number||Team Name||Country||School Name||Best Attempts (km/l)|
|1||502||ITS Team Sapuangin||Indonesia||Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology||422.9|
|2||501||GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM I||Indonesia||Yogyakarta State University||388.1|
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Award
|Rank||Race Number||Team Name||Country||School Name
||Best Attempts (km/l)|
|1||603||Semar Urban UGM||Indonesia||Gadjah Mada University||276.4|
|2||602||HYD12OGEN||Singapore||Nanyang Technological University||238.3|
|3||601||TP ECO FLASH||Singapore||Temasek Polytechnic||129.9|
|Rank||Race Number||Team Name||Country||School Name||Best Attempts (km/kWh)|
|1||702||Apatte62 Brawijaya Team I||Indonesia||Brawijaya University||182.6|
|2||701||ARJUNA UI TEAM||Indonesia||University of Indonesia||171.6|
|3||714||TITEN UNEJ TEAM||Indonesia||Jember University||115.0|
Semar Urban UGM from Indonesia - Winner UC Hydrogen SEM APME 2023
Semar Urban UGM from Indonesia - Winner UC Hydrogen SEM APME 2023
GERNAS-E Team from Qatar - SEM APME 2023
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