New Delhi: The Earth is on the brink of an energy transition. To sustain the lives of 9 billion people on the planet, there will be an enormous need for energy, but in a way that will efficiently reduce global carbon footprints. Fuel efficiency can contribute significantly towards ensuring a low-carbon future and that is what the engineering students participating in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 (SEM) will strive to achieve. SEM, which is being held as part of Shell’s ‘Make the Future’ Festival in Singapore between 8 -11 March 2018, will invite teams of engineering students from across the world to design, build, test and drive energy efficient vehicles that can cover longest distance with the least amount of fuel, creating an innovative pathway towards sustainable mobility.
In the final of the competition which is running its eighth edition, universities which have been selected to represent India are K.J. Somaiya College Of Engineering; SRM University, Chennai; RV College of Engineering; VIT University; Delhi Technological University; Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology; Lovely Professional University; Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University; Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS); National Institute of Technology Raipur; SRM University Delhi – NCR; Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.
Congratulating the selected teams, Mr. Nitin Prasad, Chairman – Shell India said, “Make the Future is Shell’s endeavour to find truly sustainable solutions that can resolve the industrial world’s dilemma of decarbonization. It is a humungous task, and at Shell, we believe it is the members of the young world who have an immense capability to usher in the change and chart the way towards a responsible and bright future.” “India’s participation in Shell-Eco marathon in the last few years has been commendable, and we are delighted to see an overwhelming response from student teams this year as well. I wish them all the very best for the next phase of the competition”, he said.
Shell is organising SEM for eight years on a trot in an effort to find the technological innovation of the future that can change the face of the world’s energy sector. Since last year, Shell has enhanced its scope of search for future tech innovation in clean energy and future transport alongside fuel efficiency and brought them under one umbrella – Make the Future Festival.