Photo - Soo Pow Leong, Malaysia Country President of Schneider Electric (centre in suit and tie) with Schneider Electric's Go Green in the City University Challenge finalists from Malaysia.
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has announced that Team H20 from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has emerged as the winner of the Malaysia leg of the company's 'Go Green in the City' university challenge, which challenges students to present new ideas for intelligent energy management solutions for cities.
Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Soo Pow Leong said Team H20 is the winner of the fourth annual iteration of the challenge in Malaysia and will now represent Malaysia in the Easy Asia Zone finals in Ho Chi Minh City on April 4th to compete against other winning teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Soo said the winning Malaysian team demonstrated a portable water filtration bottle that provides safety features such as filtering of up to 1,000 litres of water up to 0.2 microns, removing 99.99 percent waterborne bacteria and suspended contaminants. The solution is applicable to areas affected by floods and locations with unhygienic water collections and is perfect for travellers, hikers and trekkers.
"We have seen strong interest from students and universities for the challenge," he said. "We hope that this experience will be the springboard for Malaysia's future leaders to have a better understanding on the challenges of rising energy consumption and demand and will urge them to start managing energy effectively in an effort to reduce energy consumption."
One member must be female
"Go Green in the City is an interesting and unique challenge as one member of the two-member team must be a female," said Samia Ahmed Nadi from the H20 Team, University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
"This initiative helps to promote diversity in industrial jobs with Schneider Electric and helps to integrate women's views and perspectives in the energy management industry," sais Samia. "We are very excited to be the team to represent Malaysia at the East Asia Zone Finals in Ho Chi Minh City in April and we will do our best to win and represent Malaysia in the global finals in Paris."
A poll was carried out in colleges and universities around the Klang Valley, and has shown interesting results. Out of 160 students who participated in the survey, a 98 percent believes that the green technology industry will grow in the next 20 years while a 93 percent says that their future plans involve working in the 'Green' technology industry. However, only 63 percent believe that the importance of energy efficiency has been well represented in their education but 89 percent say that will be interested to take an energy efficiency course if it is offered in the university.
The finalists included students from Multimedia University (MMU), Asia Pacific University, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), University of Malaysia (UM) and University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
The winning team of the East Asia Zone Finals will go on to compete against other finalists from around the world in the Go Green in the City global finals in Paris from 17th to 21st June, 2014.
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