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Original visions of the future
Students competing at Shell Eco-marathon Europe this year faced two challenges: the first to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car possible; the second to create an original infographic focused on the future of energy. The winning entry from team TU Crete, Greece, presented the best and worst scenarios for the energy mix in 2050.
The Shell Student Energy Challenge provided a new, creative element at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon. The competition required students to design an infographic around the future of energy, sparking discussion around the growing challenges of meeting rising energy demand while pressure on vital resources grows.
Out in front
First prize went to students from Technical University Crete in Greece for their vision of the possible energy mix in 2050.
“Our goal was to provide an infographic that’s food for thought for political leaders, citizens and the next generation,” says Spanoudakis Polychronis from TU Crete.
The winning infographic includes space energy, ocean energy, solar panels in Africa and a smart grid making best use of energy across the globe. Visitors to the Shell Energy Lab in Rotterdam also chose this innovative design.
“The team’s entry for this new off-track award showed a well-researched understanding of the energy challenge,” said Simon Saville Shell Vice President Communication Production, and one of the four jury members “The jury especially liked the new green technologies proposed and the way the team presented best-case and worst-case scenarios for the future of energy.”
Not far behind
Runners-up were students from TU Delft in the Netherlands. They looked at megacities and considered whether they are a problem or solution in future energy challenges.
“High population density in cities can be an opportunity for reducing CO2 emissions if we focus on buildings, transport and waste,” said team captain Michiel Wassenaar.
His team’s design shows more compact housing could reduce energy waste for heating; alternative fuels such as hydrogen are better for short urban distances; and harvesting methane gas emitted from landfills could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The jury members included communications experts and renowned academics. They reviewed the top 15 entries from a total of more than 180. They announced the three winners during the awards ceremony on Sunday May 19: