[Blueboard] TEAM PH WINS SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC’S GO GREEN IN THE CITY GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Victoria M. Cabason vcabason at ateneo.edu
Tue Jul 2 13:37:49 PHT 2013


Two 5th year BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) students
from the Ateneo de Manila University, *LORENZ RAY PAYONGA*  and *ALYSSA
TRICIA VINTOLA* landed first place in *Schneider Electric’s “Go Green in
the City Global Finals”* held on *June 26 – 29, 2013 *in Paris, France.
They bested  25 teams from such countries as France, Germany, Russia,
Brazil, Turkey, India, China, USA, Poland, Singapore and Indonesia. *Go
Green in the City** *is an international case challenge funded by Schneider
Electric, a specialist in energy management, to encourage business and
engineering students to design ideas and find solutions for better
optimization of energy and power.

Team Philippines presented their project entitled *Oscillohump* in front of
a panel of judges comprised of top executives of Schneider Electric. The
Oscillohump is an alternative energy solution to harvest energy from road
humps. It uses the simple concept of electromagnetic induction as its
theoretical background. Whenever vehicles pass over the Oscillohump, they
press springs which plunge magnets into solenoids that will generate power
to charge a battery. The battery is then used to power DC loads such as LED
street lamps, traffic lights, or CCTV cameras and excess energy may be fed
to the power grid.

The Team Philippines’s entry had earlier been chosen a finalist during the
East Asia finals held in May, besting 14 entries from other East Asian
countries like Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan,
Thailand, and Vietnam. Their idea was selected based on the merits of
design and creativity, innovative thinking, feasibility, cost
effectiveness, energy efficiency, and social impact.  *Dr. REESE
MACABEBE*of the
*ECCE Department *and Engr. Homer Ilagan from Schneider Electric
Philippines acted as their mentors and led them to their championship in
the Global finals.

Congratulations, Lorenz and Alyssa!
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