Shell Eco-marathon witnessed innovations of mobility by students representing colleges across India, with vehicle projects showcasing enhanced efficiency
Shell India conducted its second Make the Future Live India event, which also featured Shell Eco-marathon competition for college student at the Shell Technology Centre, Bengaluru. This technology centre is one of three global technology hubs for the company, and what made the event special was this it was first time ever that eco-marathon was being organised inside its own facility.
Make the Future Live India 2019 is a festival of ideas and innovation, the company noted. This event acts as a platform for conversations, collaboration and innovations focused on energy challenges of the world. However, in India the event focuses on the topic ‘Powering progress in mobility, together.’ Shell Make the Future India 2019 provided visitors with experiences of ideas, as well as sought contributions for ideas, and join the journey to future that would be efficient in energy and low in carbon.
Harry Brekelmans, Projects & Technology Director, Royal Dutch Shell, said Bengaluru hosts one of the company’s three global technology hubs that all focus on innovation, and Make the Future Live is exactly about that. Innovation, inspiration, dedication and determination are precisely what are needed to be able to solve some of the biggest problems of the future, he added. Brekelmans noted that Shell wants to be a leading global energy company that can address the challenge of higher energy requirement, but cleaner energy at that.
SHELL ECO-MARATHON INDIA 2019
The eco-marathon is Shell’s flagship competition for students passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It brings together students from the fields of engineering, design, science and technology to design, build and drive the most energy efficient vehicle. This evet is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders.
The event saw the participation of 24 student teams from across India, who competed against each other in developing the car that offered the highest mileage using the least amount of energy. The winning teams won prize money totalling Rs 22 lakh across various categories. The on-track award for Battery Electric Prototype category was won by Team Averera of Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University, with their vehicle clocking 387.9 km/kwh. The award for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Prototype category was bagged by Team ETA representing KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, with a fuel economy of 268.7 km/l.
As the country witnesses rapid growth in the mobility space, there is need to pre-empt, identify and address the challenges that accompany the growth, noted Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India. He said there is a need to make students as the enablers of innovations through industry-academia connect, which Shell is focussing on through its numerous co-research programmes.
In addition, Shell hosted a business forum on the same theme of ‘Powering Progress Together,’ where industry experts, academicians and professionals from the auto industry engaged in discussions. The role of disruptive technology, changing consumer choices and government policy to meet growing mobility challenges, were some of the points touched upon by the panellists. Discussions also focused on the coexistence of electric and petroleum vehicles, battery management systems in electric vehicles and the growing need to make mobility accessible to all. Make the Future Live India also showcased project demonstrations including Bitumen solutions, LNG-fuelled bus, e-rickshaw and solutions from a mobility start-up that was supported by Shell’s E4 entrepreneurship programme.
Therefore, the Shell Make the Future Live India 2019 event brought together multiple stakeholders form the mobility eco-system, in addition to students with their innovations, all focussed towards shaping the energy needs future mobility. A large amount of ideas and deliberations were undertaken to focus on addressing the large energy requirements of the globe, and some of the solutions that could be implemented.