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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ateneo De Manila Emerges as the Go Green in the City 2019 Winner

Schneider Electric once again hosted the Go Green in the City 2019 and invited university students from all over the country to send in their proposals for the contest. This year's entries totaled 1,300 which tripled from 2018's entries of 400 proposals. Ateneo De Manila's Team Chinquapin won the Philippine round and will represent the Philippines in GGitC Regional Finals this August.


The students are asked to come up with solutions in promoting smart cities and green energy management based on these categories: "Buildings of the Future," "Plants of the Future," "Grids of the Future," and "Sustainability and Access to Energy." The contest also encourages the students to think of ways to reshape the future and show the connection of the social and environment impacts between technology and the business world.

Ms. Ruth Ramayla of Schneider Electric

"We work tirelessly to provide Innovation at Every Level to homes and businesses so that they can also become smarter consumers of energy. At the same time, we are ensuring that Life is On for everyone, everywhere at any time. Through Go Green in the City, we aim to empower the youth by letting them exercise their creativity as they develop green and sustainable ideas. Go Green in the City is their platform to share their concepts and ideas that can help make a Smart Nation out of the Philippines and other countries by embracing digitization, innovation and sustainability," said Ruth Ramayla, Director for Industrial Business Automation.

From the 1,300 project proposal entries which came from all over the nation, three finalists were chosen to present and defend their project proposals and they are: Angel Ed Ameril and Mycca Mae Valmonte, Team Young Innovators from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Gabby Ozaeta and Yumi Briones, Team Chinquapin from Ateneo De Manila University; and Mary Cotoco and Seb Dela Cruz, Team Brine Me Water from De La Salle University- Manila.

Ms. Angel Ed Ameril and Mycca Mae Valmonte, Team Young Innovators

Gabby Ozaeta and Yumi Briones Team Chinquapin

Mary Cotoco and Seb Dela Cruz, Team Brine Me Water

Team Chinquapin presented- "Rainshine," a panel that gathers energy and generates clean energy coming from both sun and rain. It has two parts: polycrystalline silicon solar cells and a reduced graphene oxide thin film on a polylactic acid plastic substrate. As the solar cell generates electricity from sunlight, the graphene layer generates energy from raindrops by utilizing the Hydrovoltaic effect. Rainshine panels are made of low-cost but highly efficient materials, making its price competitive with those of regular solar panels in the market at a higher energy output. Rainshine is their bold idea for a greener future.

The first runner-up of the competition, Team Brine Me Water presented their TuBO System which aims to battle the world's water crisis through the utilization of long-term renewable resources to power its process. Taking home the second runner-up spot was Team Young Innovators who created a project called Piezo On Wave Energy Reaping (POWER), a technology that uses the principle of piezoelectricity in harvesting tidal energy.

"Go Green in the City is the perfect avenue for students to unleash their creativity and really let their imaginations run wild," said Alexandre Vermot, Country President, Schneider Electric Philippines. "Given the past performances of the Philippine teams, there is no doubt that our students have what it takes to conquer the global stage. This year is all about making a green and smart future closer to reality and that is through the innovative ideas of these young creatives. Together, let's cheer them on as they embark on a journey to rise as global leaders of innovation and sustainability."

The winning team received P100,000 and mentorship from Schneider Electric Philippines' team of experts in preparation for their Asia Pacific Regional Finals this coming August. Team Chinquapin will compete against the winners from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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