By Gureni Lukwaro
It’s that time of the year again. American University of Sharjah (AUS) has unveiled Eco Stallion 2.0 which will be participating in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015 in Manila, Philippines from February 26 to March 1, 2015.
What is Shell Eco-Marathon?
Shell Eco-marathon is an annual event that challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The goal of the competition is to go the farthest using the least amount of energy. The event takes place in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Different Categories in Shell Eco-Marathon:
The teams can choose which category they want to participate in, either in the prototype or the urban concept category. In each category, the teams can choose different type of fuels to compete with. The fuel categories include, Diesel, Gasoline, Hydrogen, Battery Electric, Solar and Gas to Liquid.
The AUS team will compete in diesel category and take part in Shell Eco-Marathon Asia and the aim is to make this new and improved version of signature AUS fuel efficient cars, Eco-Stallion, to go the longest distance on just 1-liter of diesel.
AUS and Environment
AUS is committed to environmental conservation as well as sustainable and efficient use of available resources, including energy. Towards this end, AUS embarked on a mission of finding ways to build highly efficient vehicle to reduce the carbon footprint on the environment. This is done as part of Senior Design Projects assigned to Mechanical Engineering students at American University of Sharjah. In additional to class grade for the students who participate in the project, the fuel efficient vehicles get to compete in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon.
Apart from designing a car that intakes the least amount of fuel, the team also ensured that the vehicle is environmentally safe. So the shell (body) of the car is built using recycled paper, which is also an environmental friendly source. The team was successful in building a recycled paper shell that has a high structural integrity. The benefits of using recycled paper are that it saves energy by reducing the need to extract and refine paper, conserves natural resources by reducing deforestation and decreases the greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the AUS team was successful in designing a car that is fuel efficient and eco-friendly. This is the second vehicle in this category produced at AUS, the first was simply named Eco-Stallion
The team that worked on this year’s Eco-Stallion 2.0 includes College of Engineering students Mohamed Ashraf Attia, Mohamad El-Maoud, Ronald Almirez, Ali Ziad Akl, Mohamed Al Masabi, Osama Ismail as well as Senior Design Advisors Dr. Basil Darras and Dr. Shivakumar Ranganathan, Assistant Professors of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Mohamed Nazzal, Visiting Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
We wish the AUS Eco-Stallion team all the best that they do very well in this year’s Eco Marathon and do us proud.