The car designed by students of the Silesian University of Technology took second place in the category of urban vehicles powered by hydrogen in the Shell Eco-marathon: Europe 2016 international competition in London last weekend.
Smart Power team designed and built vehicle called HydroGENIUS which travelled distance of 281 km on one cubic meter of hydrogen. Polish team took second place in the race leaving podium only to French students.
It was the 31st edition of the Shell Eco-marathon Europe, the largest and the most prestigious and innovative competition where more than 200 representations of universities, companies and associations from all over Europe and Africa compete with each other to build the best and the most energy efficient vehicles. This year in addition to the race, teams from the American and Asian edition of the competition were also present.
Among the teams that independently design, build and test the most energy efficient vehicles was Smart Power team representing the Silesian University of Technology. Young, talented engineering enthusiasts gathered in a scientific circle of Modeling and Machine Design, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Automation, Electronics and Computer Science and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in the university, took off in the category of urban vehicles powered by hydrogen.
– Second place in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe competition is an impressive result – says the guardian of Smart Power team prof. Wojciech Skarka from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Silesia. – Obtaining such a high place was possible thanks to our new drive system and optimizing the operation of the hydrogen cells, as well as involvement of PhD students who – back then still as students – participated in previous editions of the competition. The support given to us by the university authorities, departments and sponsors also can not be underestimated – professor adds.
The participants had a specific task: to overcome as the greatest distance with the disposal of only a liter bottle of hydrogen. The route led around the Olympic Park of Queen Elizabeth in London and was planned to faithfully replicate the natural conditions of city driving. During the race, Polish car named HydroGENIUS travelled 281 km on one m3 of hydrogen. Thus he took the high second place, giving way to the podium only to French construction.