I’ve talked about the Shell Ecomarathon many times in the past both in the USA and aboard especially in relation to hydrogen cars. In the Shell Ecomarathon Asia that took place this year from July 6 – 9 a couple of universities in Singapore using Horizon hydrogen fuel cells, won the races in their categories.
According to Horizon, “A new breed of high‐efficiency hydrogen fuel cells designed by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has propelled two student teams from Singapore, NUS and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, to the regional champions podium at the Shell Ecomarathon Asia.
“The high‐profile event took place on July 6‐9 at the F1 circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, and brought together 94 student teams from 12 countries all over Asia, and challenges youth to design and build energy efficient vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.
“The E‐Mobility Class Hydrogen Award was won by the Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the Prototype category and by the National University of Singapore in the Urban Concept category. The NP-Distanza Proto team from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic set a new record in its class of 84.9 km/kWh.”
There were a few other hydrogen fuel cell cars using Horizon hydrogen fuel cells to do well in the competition. The universities that were runner ups include: Solomon of Taiwan, UITM of Malaysia and King Mongkut’s of Thailand.
I like talking about these kinds of stories since the student automotive engineers of today will be the same people commercializing hydrogen cars a few years from now. You’ll see and agree that this is a growth industry for decades to be.