Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P.ians win big in Singapore’s Energy Innovation Challenge 2017

Two teams from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City swept major awards in the recently concluded Energy Innovation Challenge 2017 in Singapore on July 21, 2017. Emerging as Champion and Popularity Award winner was T.I.P. Team Soil Battery, while taking the 2nd Runner-up award was T.I.P. Team Onix.

T.I.P. Team Soil Battery was composed of students, Cedrick C. Reyes, Adrian Angelo C. Mangalindan, Myren Licia D. Mendoza, and Christian S. Arcenal, while Team Onix was composed of Maeve A. Eilinger, Rowel S. Facunla, and John Q. Laboguin. The teams were mentored by Engr. Chris Paulo Hate and Engr. John Joel Martinez, respectively.

This year’s Energy Innovation Challenge focused on addressing the widespread urban heat island effect, a problem wherein temperatures in urban areas are significantly higher than in rural areas.

T.I.P.’s number one winning entry was the “Development of a Clay Soil Array Battery” to help increase the options for energy sources. Their presented prototype generates up to 5 watts of electricity, enough to charge phones, power up lights, and other low-voltage equipment. Team Soil Battery hopes to implement their developed technology in all homes and, eventually, in smart cities of the future.

Winning 2nd Runner-up was T.I.P. Team Onix’s “Fiber-reinforced Composite Thermoelectric Tile Utilizing Urban Heat as Renewable Energy Source.” Their project prototype consists of a tile that allows the cement blocks to absorb thermal energy and transform it into electrical energy, with each tile producing 5 watts of power at 100 millivolts (mV). If designed accurately, it can power electrical loads such as fans, lights, and other appliances.

The Energy Innovation Challenge in Singapore is an annual event that provides participating students the opportunity to design or invent products that will help solve problems and demonstrate the use of alternative sources of energy. This year, there were 7 selected teams out of 69 semifinalists coming from different schools in Asia. The T.I.P. Team Soil Battery and T.I.P. Team Onix bested them all, and were joined by the National University of Singapore as 1st Runner-up.

*Photos courtesy of: The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)