Teams of students were commended at the New Energy New Generation Solar Car Competition Prize Presentation Ceremony today (January 10) for their creativity in innovation and their team spirit.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, said that the Government published the Energy Saving Plan for the Built Environment 2015~2025+ last May. The plan sets a new target of reducing Hong Kong's energy intensity by 40 per cent by 2025 with the level in 2005 as the baseline. The new target is to be achieved through a combination of educational, social, economic and regulatory means
He appealed to all, the young generation in particular, to support the Government's energy-saving policies and measures to combat climate change. He also encouraged the contestants to continue to explore better use of renewable energy for the benefit of the environment.
The judging panel, comprising scholars in engineering, professionals and representatives from professional organisations, was impressed by the innovation of the 12 participating teams and the unique features of their solar cars in terms of shape and environmentally friendly and energy-saving design. The panel found that the designs of some awarded entries were on par with international standards.
The competition was divided into the tertiary education category and the secondary education category. It attracted eight teams from universities and four teams from secondary schools. There were five awards, namely the renewable energy capture and conversion efficiency award, the energy efficient design award, the innovative design award, the best team spirit award and the grand champion award, in each category.
An electric vehicle exhibition was also held at the venue to display the latest models of electric buses, trucks, saloon cars and motorcycles as well as charging technologies and facilities available in the market.
The New Energy New Generation Solar Car Competition was one of the Energy Saving for All youth competitions organised by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. It aimed to enhance young people's knowledge and interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and to provide a platform to showcase their research capabilities in innovative engineering.
A list of winners is available at the competition website
Ends/Sunday, January 10, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:59