More than 110 Student Teams Contribute Ideas for a More Sustainable Energy Future
28 Oct 2022
From transparent solar panels to using artificial intelligence to manage energy demand - these were among the exciting and innovative energy solutions presented by over 110 student teams from 36 schools for the Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (SEGC) for Youth this year. This is the highest number of students the Challenge has engaged since it was first launched in 2020. Winning teams received their awards from Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth at the Energy Market Authority (EMA)’s flagship Youth@SIEW event today.
2. The third edition of the SEGC (Youth) this year was held in partnership with Microsoft Singapore with support from Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), to inspire and encourage youths to co-create ideas using Minecraft: Education Edition. This year, EMA partnered Keppel Infrastructure, Schneider Electric and Sembcorp Industries and presented a new category for Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). Students in this category were challenged to do a case presentation of sustainable solutions that addressed real-world challenges faced by energy companies today. More information on the company-specific problem statements can be found in Annex A.
3. Winning teams across the three categories of IHL, Senior and Junior students were awarded a total of $50,000 in cash prizes:
a) The IHL Category comprising students from local institutes of technical education, polytechnics and autonomous universities:
Champion: Team Rocket from National University of Singapore (NUS)
1st runner-up: Team Blues from ITE College West
- Champion: Team Young Inventors from Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
- 1st runner-up: The Renaissance Men from Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
- Champion: Team Solar from ITE College East
- 1st runner-up: Team Kit from Singapore Polytechnic
b) The Senior Category comprising upper secondary and junior college students:
- Champion: Team WACUUMERS from Hwa Chong Institution
- 1st runner-up: Team H2 from Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)
- 2nd runner-up: Team SusTech from Dunman High School
c) The Junior Category comprising lower secondary students:
- Champion: Team SUStain from Nanyang Girls’ High School
- 1st runner-up: Team Soyingleryl from Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)
- 2nd runner-up: Team Fantastic 4 from Holy Innocents' High School
4. EMA’s Chief Executive, Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, said: “As we move towards a more sustainable future for Singapore’s energy sector, our youth play an important role as next generation leaders to spark brighter ideas and co-create viable solutions for the energy sector. I extend my heartiest congratulations to the winning teams of the Singapore Energy Grand Challenge and hope that this has spurred their interest to continue helping Singapore achieve its net-zero climate ambitions.”
5. Teams from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and ITE College East emerged as champions of the IHL category for their holistic presentations on solutions to reduce energy demand, enhance power grid reliability and maximise solar deployment respectively. Finalist teams received direct mentorship with the energy companies which sharpened their proposals and improved the feasibility of their ideas in Singapore’s context. Following the award, EMA will continue to facilitate discussions between students and industry on potential energy solutions to be deployed.
6. For the Senior category, a team from Hwa Chong Institution clinched the championship with its engaging presentation which demonstrated a comprehensive approach towards managing energy demand and supply. Its ideas included the use of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology to analyse energy usage trends and help to manage energy demand. For the Junior category, a team from Nanyang Girls’ High School was crowned the champion for its innovative ideas such as the use of hydrogen, a low-carbon energy source, and electrified transportation to further lower Singapore’s carbon emissions. Both teams also received votes from members of the public for their submissions which best represent their vision of a more sustainable energy for Singapore. More details on the winning teams can be found in Annexes B and C.
7. Since the SEGC (Youth) was first launched in 2020, more than 1,000 students in over 290 teams, have taken part in the annual challenge. More information on the next edition of the SEGC (Youth) will be shared in the first half of 2023.
Annex A: Factsheet on SEGC (Youth) 2022
Annex B: Information on Winning Teams of SEGC (Youth) 2022 for IHL category
Annex C: Information on Minecraft: Education Edition and Winning Teams of SEGC (Youth) 2022 for Senior and Junior categories
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