SQU to par­tic­i­pate in Shell Eco-marathon next year

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MUS­CAT: SQU and Shell Oman signed an agree­ment for a stu­dent team from the Univer­sity to par­tic­i­pate in the Shell Eco-marathon-Asia that will take place in early 2018.

The agree­ment was signed by Dr Ali bin Saud al Bi­mani, ViceChan­cel­lor of Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity, Chris Breeze, Shell’s Coun­try Chair­man in Oman, and Mohammed bin Mah­mood al Balushi, Shell Oman Mar­ket­ing Com­pany’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

This will be the 34th sea­son for Shell Eco-marathon, and it pro­vides a safe yet chal­leng­ing com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents to de­sign, build, and drive the world’s most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles.

The Shell Eco-marathon com­pe­ti­tion is now sim­pli­fied into the three-en­ergy cat­e­gories: in­ter­nal com­bus­tion, bat­tery-elec­tric and hy­dro­gen fuel cell.

Muna al Shukaili, Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions Man­ager at Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman, said: “Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity has done an ex­cel­lent work rep­re­sent­ing Oman at Shell Eco-marathon. In ad­di­tion to the ex­pe­ri­ence of en­gag­ing in a global di­a­logue on the fu­ture of en­ergy tran­si­tion, the stu­dents work within their own teams and the other com­pet­ing teams from dif­fer­ent parts of the world to help them gain and im­prove key pro­fes­sional and per­sonal com­pe­ten­cies and skills, such as project planning, time man­age­ment, prob­lem solv­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and many oth­ers.”

Mohammed bin Ali al Farsi, GM, Ex­ter­nal and Gov­ern­ment, Le­gal Af­fairs and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at Shell Oman Mar­ket­ing Com­pany, said: “Shell Oman’s tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pac­ity, cus­tomer-per­spec­tive, op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and mar­ket knowl­edge mean we are at the fore­front of many in­ter­est­ing new tech­nolo­gies and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­ni­ties which we are part of. Shell Eco-marathon aims to in­spire young in­no­va­tors and fu­ture en­trepreneurs from Oman and en­gage them in real ac­tions re­lated to the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity and en­ergy tran­si­tion while em­pow­er­ing them to con­trib­ute to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ef­forts in the Sul­tanate.”

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 will see 24 on-track awards with prize money of $2,000 for win­ners in both Pro­to­type and Ur­ban Con­cept cat­e­gories. In ad­di­tion, teams will also be com­pet­ing for five off-track awards: Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Ve­hi­cle De­sign, Tech­ni­cal In­no­va­tion, Safety and Per­se­ver­ance and Spirit of the Event.

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