NINE NUST Engineering students will participate in the upcoming 2018 Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge South Africa, later this year. The cohort will be mentored by staff of the Faculty of Engineering and the Innovation Design Lab (IDL).
NUST partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), to secure a vehicle for the Challenge, which is one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competitions.
The Shell Eco-Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. Students take their designs to the track to test which vehicle can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
“To contribute to the solutions of these complex problems, NUST has adopted a multi-pronged strategy. For example, we offer various degrees in the fields of renewable energy to respond to the urgent national challenge to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean modern energy for all. This is in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Goal 7,” remarked Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor.
Cornay Keefer, the Project Manager from UJ said that the aim of such a platform is to showcase the talent available on the African continent. He further called on industry players to invest in initiatives of this nature for the greater good of the region’s education sector. The competition, that will take place at the Zwartkops Raceway, is split into two categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while the Urban class encourages more practical designs. In total, three regional competitions are held and the three top teams will qualify for the Grand Final, and vie for the title of the world’s most efficient driver.
This year, the winners will get a chance to experience exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the renowned Scuderia Ferrari Headquarters in Maranello, Italy. www.nust.na
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