Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Schneider Electric Announces ‘Go Green in the City’ Malaysian Winner

Team H20 from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to represent Malaysia in the East Asia Zone Finals in Ho Chi Minh City

Kuala Lumpur, 10th March, 2014 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, today announced the winner of its fourth annual University Challenge in Malaysia, themed “Go Green in the City”. The contest challenges students to present innovative ideas for intelligent energy management solutions for cities.

Amongst the five finalists, the H20 team was crowned the champion, receiving a RM5000 bursary, the winning trophy, a Certificate of Honour for each participant and an all-expenses paid trip to the East Asia Zone Finals. The H20 team will represent Malaysia to compete against other winning teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in the ‘Go Green in the City', East Asia 2014 competition, in Ho Chi Minh City on April 4th.

Soo Pow Leong, Malaysia Country President of Schneider Electric with Malaysian winner, the ‘H2o’ team (Ravinsridaya & Samia Ahmed Nadi) and lecturer (Prof Dr Nowshad Amin) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with their proposal for ‘Solar Clean Water’ as they pose with their prizes.

The finalists were meticulously selected from a strong field of eighteen teams across 10 local universities that had registered for the challenge. The winning proposal is entitled “Let’s Go Green with SolarClean Water. The team demonstrated its winning solution with 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% 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.

Soo Pow Leong, Malaysia Country President of Schneider Electric said “We have seen strong interest from students and universities for the challenge. 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.”
Soo Pow Leong with with Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City University Challenge finalists from Malaysia.

“Go Green in the City is an interesting and unique challenge as one member of the two-members team must be a female. 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. 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,” said Samia Ahmed Nadi, ‘ H20 Team’ from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.”

A poll was carried out in 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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