(MENAFN Press) A group of students from Abu Dhabi University's College of Engineering sponsored by "Panasonic" are gearing up to participate in the region's first "2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid Electric Challenge" during which they will come head-to head with 11 other student teams from Universities throughout the region. Organized by Global Education Energy Environment Organization, the 3-day challenge is hosted by the Petroleum Institute, and supported by the Emirates Foundation, and will run from 29th “ 31st of January on Al Forsan International Sports Resort Race Track, where students teams will race hybrid petro and battery powered electrical cars to record the longest distance and fastest average speed wins.
Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, Dr. Nabil Ibrahim stressed the University's keenness in encouraging students to participate in events and activities that fuel their creative drive and ignites their innovative streaks. "The 2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid Electric Challenge is a great platform that allowed our participating students to apply their theoretical knowledge into assembling the electrical car kit and ensuring that it optimizes its function to effectively dispense the energy needed to achieve the goal of the race. We're also thrilled that our student team is sponsored by Panasonic, as this is one of many partnerships the University has cultured with them over the years especially with their continuous drive toward encouraging environmental initiatives and solutions for sustainable energy", said Dr. Ibrahim.
"We're really looking forward to watching how Abu Dhabi University students succeed in finding the right equation needed to balance the function of the car between its advanced Lithium batteries and the petrol generator in the most energy efficient manner. It's also a great opportunity that allows them to meet their counterparts from other participating student teams representing various universities in the Gulf region and exchange views, experiences and ideas", concluded Dr. Ibrahim.
On his part, Shinichi Wakita Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa said: "As an eco-engineering company, our commitment to solar energy is reflected in the many years we have spent refining our technology. With the world racing to an era where fuel shortages will have adverse impacts, it is imperative that we educate and engage in proactive solutions to protect our future. Coming from a global leader in high efficiency and innovative solar solutions, association with initiatives like this, not only reiterate our commitment further but also position us as a company that is keen to protect the environment and its people alike. Through our sponsorship of Abu Dhabi University's student team participating in the first 2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid Electric Challenge, we are able to support the mutual goal of protecting the environment while also providing opportunities for students to think and work towards a sustainable future".