April 20, 2009

Shell Eco-Marathon Wrap-up

I had a fun time at Shell's Eco-marathon Americas event although I forgot how exhausting it is sometimes just to be around teenagers (my age is showing lol!).

More than 500 students from different high school and universities across the US as well as from Brazil, Mexico, Canada and even from India showed their creativity, skills, camaraderie and teamwork in developing the best energy and fuel-efficient vehicle, with some of them even made from eco-friendly materials.

Even the event itself is greener this year, according to Shell organizers. Shell said they supplied organic shirts and caps made from recycled cotton for all participants; bio-degradable toiletries such as lip balm and sunscreen to the teams; water bottles, tote bags, pens and flash drives made from recycled material; and minimizing the use of printed materials by distributing information electronically.

This year's event was composed of 44 teams, who are all trying to break the 2008 fuel efficiency record of 2,843 miles per gallon (mpg) bagged by Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Indiana. Last year's Shell Eco-marathon Europe recorded a 7,957 mpg from Lycee La Joliverie of France.

Shell will launch for the first time the Eco-marathon Asia in Malaysia next year.

One important thing to note is that the high schools teams competing against college teams are definitely impressive. Also took note of the fact that many women are participating in this kind of event. It makes me feel proud to be a chemical engineer.

Here's a recap of the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas winners. With these types of ingenuity and skills, I don't think anybody could be losers. Congratulations all!

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