Students Applauded for Smart Energy Innovations at Energy Innovation Challenge 2017


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The Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC) 2017 top accolades went to four student teams today for their outstanding projects involving the design or invention of smart and eco-friendly technologies targeted at the “Urban Heat Island Effect” phenomenon. They received the coveted prizes from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, at the Prize Presentation Ceremony organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

This year’s EIC attracted 111 teams of more than 300 students across four categories to participate. Categories 1, 2 and 3 comprised students from local secondary schools, junior colleges, ITE and polytechnics respectively and Category 4 consisted of local and overseas universities. These students were given the chance to gain engineering knowledge and skillsets through a series of workshops and boot camps under the guidance of 54 industry mentors over a four-month period.

After preliminary round of judging, seventy-four teams were shortlisted to display their projects for final rounds of judging and public viewing at the National Engineers Day (NED) 2017 from 19 to 21 July, 2017. The four champion teams are:

Category 1 (Secondary Schools): Team (S-10) – Geylang Methodist Secondary School - An Urban City as a Thermal Battery

Category 2 (Junior Colleges): (J-01) – Anglo-Chinese Junior College - The Tree Village

Category 3 (Polytechnics and Institution of Technical Education): (I-15) – ITE College West – Reducing Heat Build-Up in Roads

Category 4 (Local and Overseas Universities): (U-08) – Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City - Development of a Clay Soil Array Battery

The top winning teams from Categories 1 to 3 will earn an overseas visit to the Singapore-Suzhou Industrial Park in China sponsored by China Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Co., Ltd (CSSD), while the second and third prize winners will be awarded with $1,000 and $700 respectively. The champions of Category 4 will walk away with an $8,000 cash prize while the second and third prize winners will be awarded $3,000 each. This year’s merit award prize and popularity prize constitute $1,000 and $300 respectively.

Jointly organised by IES and Science Centre Singapore, EIC is a nation-wide competition that seeks to spark students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by giving them the opportunity to create solutions targeted at real-world energy problems. It is supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore.

The Prize Presentation Ceremony also marked the conclusion of the eighth annual NED, the largest engineering youth carnival in Singapore, organised by IES to celebrate the achievements of engineers, inspire young engineers and intrigue the young generation in engineering. Besides EIC 2017, the three-day NED 2017 has been packed with exciting engineering displays, interactive workshops and career talks by engineers in the industries.

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Annex 1

Energy Innovation Challenge 2017 Winners (Top three of each category)

Category 1 - Secondary Schools

Champion: Geylang Methodist Secondary School, An Urban City as a Thermal Battery
First Runner-up: School of Science and Technology, Carbon Helix Project
Second Runner-up: NPS International School, Singapore, Aeroheat

Category 2 - Junior Colleges

Champion: Anglo-Chinese Junior College, The Tree Village
First Runner-up: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), An optimised solar-hydrogen cell capable of efficient solar energy storage using optimised design and 2D graphitic holey carbon nitride and its derivatives
Second Runner-up: Hwa Chong Institution, Green Retractable Exhibition Hall

Category 3 - Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education

Champion: ITE College West, Reducing Heat Build-Up in Roads
First Runner-up: ITE College West, Aeroponics
Second Runner-up: Republic Polytechnic, Heat Defeaters

Category 4 - Local and Overseas Universities

Champion: Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City, Development of a Clay Soil Array Battery
First Runner-up: National University of Singapore, Project Verdana
Second Runner-up: Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City, Fibre-Reinforced Composite Thermoelectric Tile Utilising Urban Heat as Renewable Energy Source

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