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Five records set and future energy challenges tackled at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013

After three challenging days of competition on the streets of Rotterdam, Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013 has drawn to a close with winners from nine countries scooping the prizes. 183 student teams from 24 countries competed under difficult circumstances with cars they designed and built themselves on the challenging street circuit and amazed everyone by setting five new records. Results are measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh or 1 litre of fuel.

In the UrbanConcept category, team Polytech Nantes from France achieved a new record with 145.7 km per kWh in the battery electric fuel class (an improvement of 41.7 km per kWh from last year); while German team Schluchtspecht from University of Applied Sciences Offenburg improved on a record with 315.4 km/l.  

In the Prototype category, the SCS Pasquet from France smashed the previous record for battery-electric with a result of 1,224.1 km/kWh. Favourite Team Microjoule-La Joliverie once again came out on top in the Prototype petrol category achieving 2,980.3 km/l equivalent, enough to drive from Rotterdam to Athens on a single litre of fuel.

This year’s highlights include record visitor numbers to the Shell Energy Lab – a spectacular experience for people of all ages showcasing the future of energy, technology and mobility.

Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, said: “It’s always inspiring to see the leaders and engineers of the future put their bright and creative ideas into action. This year’s Shell Eco-marathon again showcased new innovations and promising creative technologies. We are looking back at a successful event which attracted over 50,000 visitors and 3,000 students from the Netherlands and beyond to support the teams and visit Shell Energy Lab. I found it encouraging to see so many people enjoying the attractions around innovation and the future of energy.”

Team leader of DTU Road Runners, said: “We are very happy with our results. The secret of our team is 10 years of experience in the competition.” Polytech Nantes’ team leader said: “We’ll definitely come back next year to improve this year’s record.”

The results have set an incredible precedent for next year’s event. Norman Koch, Technical Director Shell Eco-marathon, said: “The competitiveness at Shell Eco-marathon this year was never higher. Many teams showed significant improvements on previous years, leading to closer competition overall and photo finishes in many categories. This illustrates how innovation is being put into practice successfully by many more teams.”

Off-track awards – a new challenge

This year, a new off-track award was introduced – the Shell Student Energy Challenge. Students participating in Shell Eco-marathon were asked to share their thoughts on how the world can meet its changing energy demands by visualising this into an infographic. The team from Technical University Crete in Greece convinced the jury with their entry which showed a well-researched understanding of the energy challenge

Teams also received awards for achievements in technical innovation, team spirit and safety.

Notes to editors:

Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013 Awards

Prototype category
Team Prototype category Winner Result
1 Petrol (gasoline) Prize La Joliverie (FRA) 2,980.3 km/l
7 Diesel Prize IUT GMP Valenciennes (FRA) 1,236.1 km/l
206 Fuel Cell Prize Hogeschool van Amsterdam (NL) 342.2 km/kWh
318 Battery Electric Prize Lycee Pasquet (FRA) 1,224.1 km/kWh
3 Alternative Gasoline Prize INSA-UPS (FRA) 2,846.2 km/l
67 Alternative Diesel Prize Getrudiscollege (NL) 314.6 km/l
Prototype category
Team UrbanConcept category Winner Result
519 Petrol (gasoline) Prize
Warsaw University of Technology (POL)
334,2 km/l
514 Diesel Prize University of Applied Sciences Offenburg (GER)
315,4 km/l
614 Fuel Cell Prize Polytech Nantes (FRA)
145,7 km/kWh
718 Battery Electric Prize Lycee des metiers de l energie dans les systemes automatises (FRA)
376,2 km/kWh
501 Alternative Gasoline Prize Technical University of Denmark (DEN)
612.3 km/l
519 Petrol (gasoline) Prize
Warsaw University of Technology (POL)
334,2 km/l

Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013 Off-Track Awards

Off-track awards
Award Team
Shell Student Energy Challenge First Place and People’s Choice Award
TUC Eco Racing
Technical University Crete – Greece
Shell Student Energy Challenge Second Place
Eco-Runner Team Delft
TU Delft – The Netherlands
Shell Helix Tribology Award
Lulea University of Technology – Sweden
Eco-Design Award
Elect- Road Synergy
University of Limoges – France
Safety Award First place Ensem Eco Marathon ENSEM – France
Safety Award Second place
Eco Motion Team by ESSTIN
Technical Innovation Award EPG University of Oxford – UK
Design Award DNV Fuel Fighter NTNU – Norway
Best Team Spirit Award Prometheus N.T.U.A. – Greece
Communication Award DNV Fuel Fighter NTNU – Norway

About Shell Eco-marathon Europe

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most challenging student innovation competitions and takes place annually in Europe, America and Asia.

The competition brings together current and future leaders, along with a broader public passionate about energy issues.

It encourages debate around sustainable solutions to the challenge of rising global energy demand.

At Shell Eco-marathon Europe a future generation of engineers and scientists aged 16-25 from around 24 countries compete in cars they design and build.

Success is measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh or 1 litre of fuel, thanks to their creative designs and technical know-how.

Shell Eco-marathon Europe aims to involve European citizens in challenges related to energy and mobility, while inspiring them to consider innovative solutions.

With Rotterdam as the host city, Shell brings the Eco-marathon closer to the public with a fit-for-purpose street circuit.

Shell Eco-marathon Europe is a visible demonstration of Shell’s concern with helping the world to meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way and demonstrates its collaborative approach, bringing together students, partners and the public.

The 29th edition of Shell Eco-marathon Europe takes place from May 15-19 2013 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 224 invited teams from 24 countries. Various activities around the challenge are offered at the venue to engage and inspire European citizens who are interested in the future of our energy and the technologies to meet our future needs.

The Shell Eco-marathon is a global initiative with similar events in the US and Asia: Shell Eco-marathon Americas takes place from April 4-7 in Houston, USA and Shell Eco-marathon Asia: from July 4-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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