Shell Eco-marathon 2020 Programme Update

Important update to the Shell Eco-marathon 2020 programme in response to the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 virus.

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The race toward a zero-emission vehicle future has already started, with support from governments, car makers and a growing network of recharging stations. As electric and hydrogen cars become more mainstream, some students from 16 countries were further driven by a passion to achieve ultra-energy-efficiency in eco-cars as part of Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia.

SEM is one of the world’s leading energy-efficiency competition programmes, where tertiary student teams put their theories to the test, using cutting-edge technology, critical thinking, and innovative ideas.

Held virtually for the first time, the Asian edition of the Off-track Awards sought excellence in communications, technical innovation, vehicle design, circular economy and safety.


Amid intense competition from more than 100 submissions by 50 teams, 2 teams from the Little Red Dot were lauded for outstanding technical ingenuity and innovative design contributing to energy efficiency.

Zero hydrogen waste, maximum innovation

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 TP Eco Flash achieved zero hydrogen emission with a self-developed fuel cell  with purge-free system and a safety mechanism. The car’s exterior also featured a streamline design.
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Self-developed technology that recycles unused hydrogen

Over the course of close to a year, the team successfully developed a purge-free system for a hydrogen fuel cell that overcame these conventional challenges.

  • Zero hydrogen waste
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Improves fuel economy


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Powered by hydrogen fuel cell

It was no easy feat, given that hydrogen recycling typically consumes a considerable amount of power and such systems are usually too bulky for lightweight vehicles. The fuel cell can also recycle any unused hydrogen and only emitted water vapour.

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Safety mechanism

It also incorporated a safety mechanism to prevent fire, in case of excess hydrogen building up in the vehicle.

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Streamlined body design

Additionally, the car’s overall streamlined design further improved energy efficiency.

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Zero hydrogen waste, maximum innovation H2 Challenger (Temasek Polytechnic) - Winner, Technical Innovation Award

For their ability to successfully convert hydrogen waste into clean energy that can power a race car, TP Eco Flash from Temasek Polytechnic received the Technical Innovation Award for their vehicle, H2 Challenger.

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NV-11 Nanyang Autonomous Venture’s entry featured an orca-inspired design, coupled with other enhancements to achieve better aerodynamism
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Killer whale-inspired body

NV-11 was fashioned after the shape of a killer whale, which is one of the fastest-swimming marine mammals.

  • Streamlined, aerodynamic design
  • Less air resistance, less energy required
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Runs on electricity

It is a type of battery-electric vehicle.

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Winning features:

These features contributed to good ergonomics and minimised air resistance:

  • Ergonomics: snug, bucket-style seating
  • Tandem seating for urban settings 
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Continuous improvement

The previous model, NV X, set a record of 94km/m3 (Hydrogen category) in Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019.

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Killer whale for a killer design Nanyang Venture 11 (NV-11, Nanyang Technological University) - Winner, Vehicle Design Award (Urban Concept)

The other Singapore team, Nanyang Autonomous Venture from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), emerged winner of the Vehicle Design Award (Urban Concept) for their fantastic vehicle design including amazing ergonomics and professionally-made interiors.

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For both teams, SEM Asia holds a special place in their learning journey.

“Taking part in Shell Eco-marathon has been a very fulfilling journey for our team and our advisors, and we are glad that we were able to see our hydrogen-powered vehicle in action before the Circuit Breaker in Singapore happened. Being able to be part of this year’s regional competition allowed us to test our ideas and come up with real-world solutions using clean energy. Our ability to effectively integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines – clean energy, electronics and mechatronics – to secure our win is certainly another plus,” said Chng Tze Chen, who is the student manager of TP Eco-Flash.

“I remember the day when we first took over the car from our seniors and each of us did a test drive to understand the areas for improvement. That experience got us really excited – a feeling that kept us going till the end, even when the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we could no longer compete on-track. Nonetheless, Shell Eco-marathon has provided a wonderful hands-on learning platform that allowed us to develop practical solutions to a present-day issue. We look forward to passing our knowledge on to subsequent NTU teams so that they can surpass and better our design,” said Peter Chong, Lead Driver, of NV11 Nanyang Autonomous Venture.

Through SEM, Shell demonstrates our firm belief that the answers to tomorrow’s energy challenges lies in the power of people’s ingenuity. We will continue to inspire and equip future generations of problem-solvers, leaders and innovators in order to tackle the energy challenges that face us all. #makethefuture

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