Photo - (On right) Schneider Electric Malaysia Country President Peter Cave with Schneider Electric's Go Green in the City University Challenge Champions, 'Eden' team from University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University Nottingham . The team's innovative winning proposal was for 'Smart Building Solutions.'
Finalists at energy management firm Schneider Electric's third annual University Challenge include students from University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University of Nottingham who receive a bursary of RM8,000 [US$2629] as well as a certificate of honour for each participant.
Themed 'Go Green in the City,' the top team, the 'Eden Team' from University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University of Nottingham, showed a winning proposal of an integrated clean energy generation system with intelligent monitoring and controlling of multiple renewable energy sources in a building.
The 'One Team' from University Sains Malaysia won the 1st-runner up title with their proposal 'The One System for Sustainability' while 2nd runner up, 'Green Bits Team.' from Multimedia University presented a case study on Data Centre Energy Solutions.
'Eden Team' and 'One Team' will represent Malaysia to compete against other winning teams from Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, in the Go Green in the City, East Asia 2013 competition, in Jakarta on May 15th, said Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Peter Cave.
'Go Green in the City' is a platform for Schneider Electric to increase awareness of the importance of energy efficiency amongst youths and to urge Malaysians to be creative and innovative in developing solutions to meet the challenges of rising energy consumption and demand, he said.
In addition, a poll was carried out in colleges and universities around the country, said Cave. Out of the 182 students who participated in the survey, 99 percent believe that the green technology industry will grow in the next 20 years. A remarkable 83 percent say that their future plans involve working in the 'Green' technology industry. However, only 67 percent believe that the importance of energy efficiency has been well represented in their education.
"In light of this, Schneider Electric hopes that this competition will increase the awareness and the importance of energy efficiency to the students, with an effort to develop future talents in the energy management industry," he said.
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