Shell’s Make The Future Singapore 2018 brings bright ideas and innovations to life
Mar 09, 2018
Official launch of the festival by Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) also marks the start of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018, a student design-and-build competition showcasing the region’s most energy-efficient cars.
Make the Future Singapore 2018, a festival of ideas and innovation for Asia, was launched today at the Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore, and graced by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry); Mr Yuri Sebregts, Executive Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell; and Ms Goh Swee Chen, Chairman of Shell Singapore.
Through virtual reality and hands-on experiences, the festival will take members of the public, representatives from business, academia, governments, and school children on a journey to explore bright ideas from around Asia, to see what is happening now to power our world and get a glimpse of what the future of energy might look like. They will be able to discover what it's like to generate electrical energy by dancing, play interactive games, build and race mini saltwater cars, and meet young scientists and energy start-ups.
The ceremony featured the flag-off of the ninth Shell Eco-marathon Asia, with 122 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East gathered in Singapore with their self-built vehicles in a competition to be the most energy-efficient. One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition.
“Energy systems are undergoing change at varying rates and degrees of complexity, and this is especially evident in Asia,” said Mr. Yuri Sebregts, Shell Chief Technology Officer. “We want to play our part in the transition towards a low-carbon future, and Shell’s Make the Future Singapore aims to inspire individuals, communities, governments and businesses in the region to come together and drive change in a responsible way. We want this festival to inspire a whole new generation, and to spark conversation, collaboration and innovation around solutions to the global energy challenge.”
The 122 student teams will be competing in either of two categories of the competition: Prototype – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles – or UrbanConcept – highly economical vehicles that resemble today’s cars. 2018 has seen a significant uptake in the UrbanConcept category with a 20% increase as compared to 2017. Students will compete in three different categories based on their selected energy source: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) spanning gasoline, diesel and ethanol (biofuel); hydrogen fuel cell; and battery electric power.
Of the 10 Singapore teams participating, more than half chose to venture out of the more conventional gasoline-fuelled vehicles and into the Hydrogen and Battery Electric categories. Republic Polytechnic showed one instance of this innovative spirit with the design of their vehicle, which featured a lighter and stronger aluminium chassis strengthened with a honeycomb structure.
(From L-R) Mr Norman Koch (General Manager of Shell Eco-marathon), Mr Yuri Sebregts (Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Shell Global), Minister S Iswaran and Ms Goh Swee Chen (Chairman, Shell Singapore), with the Nanyang E Drive team from Nanyang Technological University.(From L-R) Mr Norman Koch (General Manager of Shell Eco-marathon), Mr Yuri Sebregts (Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Shell Global), Minister S Iswaran and Ms Goh Swee Chen (Chairman, Shell Singapore), with the Nanyang E Drive team from Nanyang Technological University
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Vehicles must pass a detailed technical inspection before they are allowed onto the track to see how far they can go on the least amount of fuel. As of noon today, over 84 student teams have passed the technical inspection, of which seven teams are from Singapore.
The competition culminates in the Drivers’ World Championship (DWC) Asia, an exciting race format. The best teams in the region will compete for their place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final in London on July 8, 2018, in an exciting head-to-head race to find the most energy-efficient driver.
As part of Make the Future Singapore, the second edition of The Bright Ideas Challenge Singapore featured secondary school students imagine solutions for a cleaner energy future. From harnessing electricity from peltier tiles or vibrational energy from sound, these youths are making a mark in the STEM field. Broadrick Secondary Students emerged national champion of The Bright Ideas Challenge after a competitive pitch and won for themselves a fully-funded trip to Make the Future London.
Make the Future Festivals has six Global Partners:
- Agility: Technical Partner
- Altair: Technical Partner
- HP: Festival Partner
- The Linde Group: Technical Partner
- Southwest Research Institute: Technical Partner
- Toyota: Festival Partner
Make the Future Singapore 2018 is held with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Education, Science Centre Singapore, Innosparks, Strides Transportation and Borneo Motors.
For more information on Make the Future Singapore and to register for free tickets to the event, please visit http://sg.makethefuture.shell.
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- Minister S Iswaran’s Speech
- Yuri Sebregts’ Speech (Executive Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell)
About Make the Future Singapore
Shell’s Make the Future Singapore, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Asia, returns to Singapore for a second year from March 8-11, 2018. As a festival of ideas and innovation for Asia, this event has the widest geographical reach, accounting for more than 60% of the world’s population. Headlining the event is the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where futuristic and fuel-efficient cars built by over 120 student teams from around Asia Pacific and the Middle East will compete to be the most energy-efficient.
Make the Future Festivals is Shell’s global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges. With events hosted in countries around the globe, they aim to provide an opportunity for multiple stakeholders: including students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and the public, to experience, test and contribute bright energy ideas.
About Shell Eco-marathon
One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia will include two key competitions this year. The longest running competition is the Mileage Challenge where teams compete to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. In 2017, the winning team of the Asian leg was efficient enough to travel 2,289 kilometres – the distance from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand – on just one litre of fuel!
The second Shell Eco-marathon competition to take place this year in Singapore is Drivers’ World Championship Asia. Introduced to the Shell Eco-marathon programme in 2016, Drivers’ World Championship challenges the best UrbanConcept teams to combine the proven energy efficiency of their car with the speed and skill of their driver, in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel.
Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders.
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