Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. engineering students win in Schneider Go Green in the City 2017

A team of two engineering students from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City won 2nd Runner-up in the Schneider Go Green in the City 2017 contest at an awarding ceremony held on June 7, 2017 at Bonifacio Global City.

With their entry, “Reinforced Concrete Energy Harvesting Tiles (InBrico),” Rowel Facunla and Maeve Eilinger, respectively BS Electrical Engineering and BS Electronics Engineering students, joined two other winning teams from the De La Salle University and University of the Philippines-Diliman in the contest Top 3.

The winning T.I.P. QC team, Inbrico, chose to address the problem related to heat energy emitted by various infrastructures in urban areas that contribute to global warming. The group proposed a type of façade or covering material that absorbs heat energy from the sun and from surroundings and converts it to electrical energy. The product, called “InBrico,” is expected to lessen cooling system energy consumption and become an abundant source of electrical energy for daily use.

There were around 500 entries submitted by different local schools, with 30 entries selected as finalists. Among these 30 finalists was another entry from T.I.P., “Energy Monitoring and Control System with Mobile Application,” by John Laboguin, BS Electrical Engineering student. Both T.I.P. QC teams worked under the guidance of Engr. Shearyl Arenas (ECE Program Chair), Engr. Ferdinand Milan (EE Program Chair), Engr. Joel Martinez (ECE faculty member), and Engr. Cris Paulo Hate (Computer Engineering faculty member).

The Schneider Go Green in the City 2017 is the 7th edition of the global student competition for sustainable energy solutions. It challenges students to solve real-world business challenges from Schneider Electric. This year’s competition saw around 500 submitted entries by different schools and universities, where 30 were selected as finalists and T.I.P. was selected as one of the Top 3 winners. In Schneider Electric’s 2010 Energy Efficiency University Challenge, T.I.P. students bagged the first prize for their PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)-based Solar-Powered Multi-charger Vending machine.