Youths Invited to Co-create Sustainable Energy Solutions with Industry
25 May 2022
Youths play an important role as our next generation leaders to foster brighter ideas for a more sustainable energy future in Singapore. To support Singapore’s energy transition and engage youth on the importance of sustainability, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) has partnered with energy companies Keppel Infrastructure, Schneider Electric and Sembcorp Industries to present a new category in the third edition of the Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth) 2022. This new category targets Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) students from local institutes of technical education, the polytechnics and the autonomous universities to come up with sustainable energy solutions to address real-world problems faced by energy companies today.
2. Students participating in the IHL category will need to address company-specific problem statements proposed by the respective energy companies. These include topics on enhancing power grid reliability with increasing electric vehicle adoption, improving the efficiency of solar panels, and reducing energy consumption through digital technologies (Please refer to Annex A for the company-specific problem statements). As part of the energy challenge, mentoring and training opportunities will be provided to finalist teams to refine their solutions. The top teams with the most innovative ideas will be awarded a total of $10,000 in cash prizes for their solutions to each company-specific problem statement.
3. “Given Singapore’s aspiration to decarbonise its power sector by 2050, providing opportunities for students to co-create solutions with the industry could spark fresh perspectives in reducing our carbon emissions. Through this challenge, we look forward to engaging more youths to play a part in Singapore’s energy transition to a greener future”, said Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive, EMA.
4. Registration for the new IHL category opens today. Students interested to participate may register online (https://go.gov.sg/segc2022) by 30 June 2022. Students must form teams of two to four schoolmates and submit a proposal showcasing how their proposed solution addresses the company-specific problem statement. Shortlisted teams will be invited to participate in the Semi-Finals in September 2022, followed by the Grand Final to be held at Youth@SIEW in October 2022. All submissions will be judged by a panel of representatives from EMA and industry partners based on the criteria of relevance, creativity, and presentation.
5. The Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth) also comprises Junior and Senior categories for secondary and junior college students. Organised in partnership with Microsoft, students participating in these categories were invited to use Minecraft: Education Edition to share their ideas on the following topic: “As Singapore transitions towards a carbon-free energy future, how can we reduce our carbon footprint by leveraging the Four Switches and managing energy demand to achieve a more sustainable Singapore by 2050?”. Registration for the Junior and Senior categories closed on 20 May 2022 and 88 submissions from 25 schools were received. The top teams across all categories will receive their awards in October 2022.
6. The SEGC (Youth) was first launched in March 2020. Since then, over 179 teams across 40 schools have taken part in the challenge. Past winning submissions can be viewed online at https://www.poweringlives.gov.sg/events/segc-youth/winners.
7. For more information on the Challenge, please refer to Annex A or visit the Powering Lives Portal (https://go.gov.sg/segc-youth). To learn about Singapore’s energy transition towards a more sustainable future, please refer to Annex B or visit www.BeyondTheCurrent.gov.sg.
Annex A: Factsheet on Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth) 2022
Annex B: Factsheet on Advancing Singapore’s Energy Transition Towards a More Sustainable Future
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