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Shell Eco-marathon announces first Global Partnerships

Shell Eco-marathon is pleased to announce the first roster of Global Partnerships in the history of the competition. Shell will be working alongside some of world’s leading innovation, research and development (R&D) and technology organisations as it continues to evolve the Shell Eco-marathon programme in 2014.

New Global Partnerships with HP, Michelin, The Linde Group and Southwest Research Institute will support the Shell Eco-marathon, assisting competing teams of student engineers through offering expertise, products and collaborative opportunities. The new partners will contribute and add considerable value to the event, particularly with regard to innovation, technology, sustainability, mobility and tackling future energy challenges.

The Shell Eco-marathon tasks students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles possible. The event, which can trace its history back to 1939, will this year comprise three global events: Manila, Philippines (ASIA), Houston, USA, (AMERICAS) and Rotterdam, Netherlands (EUROPE). 

Simon Saville, VP Shell Eco-marathon, said: “Our Global Partners will bring significant benefits to both the students and overall event, enhancing the experience for student competitors and visitors. We look forward to developing collaborative R&D projects with our Global Partners to push the boundaries of innovation and technology around the future of energy and mobility.”

HP joins Shell Eco-marathon as Official Global IT Technology Partner.

“We are delighted to be part of the Shell Eco-marathon as this demonstrates our support for sustainability and the environment, as well as supporting the education of our young and upcoming talents.

HP will be involved at each global event providing support in the form of products, services and software to bring the Eco-marathon experience to life through technology,” said Wim Heuninck, General Manager, HP Account Team.

“Working together with Shell at each Shell Eco-marathon is a perfect opportunity to showcase the role technology can play in creating a more sustainable energy-efficient future.”

A long time supporter of Shell Eco-marathon, Michelin becomes the Official Global Paddock Partner and Tyre Supplier of the event in 2014.

“Michelin is pleased to continue this partnership because Shell and Michelin share the same values, to put innovation at the heart of developing better mobility,” said Terry Gettys, Director of Research & Development at Michelin. “The Shell Eco-marathon is a great platform to continue to innovate around ultimate energy-efficiency. In 2014 Michelin engineers will not only provide technical know-how and guidance onsite but we will also engage with and mentor students throughout the year.”

As Global Paddock Partner of the Shell Eco-marathon, The Linde Group will bring their expertise to the global student teams in the hydrogen fuel category. Linde has already been supporting the European event over the last two years by supplying race teams running fuel cell-powered vehicles with hydrogen pressure vessels and technical assistance.

“Hydrogen fuel technology is a fascinating area of development for both Shell and us. We are delighted to partner with Shell in this official capacity, supporting students who are developing this technology in an environment about which we care passionately. We are sure that the work undertaken at the Shell Eco-marathons will benefit future R&D.” commented Markus Bachmeier, Head of Hydrogen Solutions at Linde. 

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) also joins the Shell Eco-marathon as a Global Paddock Partner in 2014. SwRI provides research, development and testing to the automotive, fuels and lubricants industries and focuses on technical automotive expertise and support for the SEM teams.

“The Shell Eco-marathon attracts some of the brightest young engineers in the world. Taking the role of Official Global Paddock Partner to Shell Eco-marathon across three continents is an ideal way to interact, offer support and learn from the talent that will provide tomorrow’s energy future,” commented Bruce Bykowski, Vice President, Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research.

Notes to Editors

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon has four Global Partners: 

HP: Official Global Information Technology (IT) Partner

Michelin: Official Global Paddock Partner and Tyre Supplier

The Linde Group: Official Global Paddock Partner

Southwest Research Institute: Official Global Paddock Partner 

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 a future generation of engineers and scientists aged 16-25 from around 25 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 aims to involve citizens globally in challenges related to energy and mobility, while inspiring them to consider innovative solutions.

Shell Eco-marathon 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 2014 Shell Eco-marathon dates are:

Asia - Manila, Philippines, 6-9 February

Americas - Houston, USA, 25-27 April

Europe - Rotterdam, Netherlands, 15-18 May

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