WAM ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2014 (WAM) — The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is helping to power a team of aspiring engineers and scientists from the HCT Ruwais Colleges, as they take on thousands of young innovators from across Asia to build their own ultra fuel-efficient vehicle to compete in Shell Eco-marathon Asia competition in Manila, the Philippines from Feb 6 to 9.
The super-mileage challenge was created by Shell in 1939, and is designed to inspire student innovation, whilst developing future technologies that represent game-changing fuel efficiency and transportation performance. To help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions, Shell Eco-marathon Asia challenges participants to design, build, and test vehicles to go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.
In Ruwais, a 17-member team has been putting the finishing touches to their clean, green and ultra energy-efficient car ahead of the competition which kicks into action in Manila on Thursday. ENEC has placed its support behind the young engineering students by sponsoring the team who are competing against more than 1,000 other students from 16 countries across Asia.
“Every industry needs the enthusiasm, commitment and passion of young innovators and entrepreneurs to develop and improve even the safest and most efficient of technologies. Investing in the next generation of engineers and scientists is one of our most important priorities at ENEC,” said Mohamed Al Hammadi, ENEC’s Chief Executive Officer.
“These talented students are the future of our industry, and all high-technology industries in the UAE. It is this kind of pioneering spirit, out-of-the-box thinking and collaboration that we are looking for at ENEC. In our industry, we prioritize safety, integrity, transparency and efficiency – these are the very values that are driving the work of this group of young engineers, and we are proud to support them. We are now looking forward to seeing their progress in the competition and we wish them the very best of luck. We are sure they will do the UAE proud,” added Al Hammadi.
ENEC’s training and development program, Energy Pioneers, which has been running since the company’s inception in 2009, aims to attract and train the country’s most talented science students, engineering graduates and experienced professionals to provide them with an opportunity to become pioneers of the emerging nuclear energy sector.
To date, ENEC employs more than 500 people and has more than 250 students enrolled across its scholarship programs. By 2020, ENEC will be one of the UAE’s largest employers with a team of more than 2,000 people working to deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the nation.
Nial Farrell, an Acting Director at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Ruwais Colleges, said: “The competition is a unique opportunity for our students to apply their engineering and project management skills to a real-time project.” WAM/Hazem/AAMIR