By: Daniel Lim, Borneo Bulletin
TWO energy-efficient vehicles built by a group of students from Politeknik Brunei’s (PB) School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at the Lumut Campus were unveiled to the public yesterday in a ceremony at the institute’s multi-purpose hall.
The unveiling was performed by PB Acting Director Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar as the guest of honour.
The event was also an opportunity for the institute to announce its official participation in the upcoming Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2019 (SEMA 2019) from April 27 to May 7 using the two vehicles named Yakin III and Pengembara I.
With two categories allotted for student teams from across the Asian region, both Yakin III and Pengembara I will compete in the Prototype and Urban Concept categories respectively.
In her speech, SEMA 2019 Student Representative Siti Zafirah Zawani binti Idris explained this year’s competition represents a milestone for PB as the sole institute representing Brunei to compete in the Urban Concept category.
She also expressed her feelings of pride as the leader of an all-female team in the Prototype category on board Yakin III.
“Since July last year, we’ve been spending most of our time in designing and building the cars,” she said.
“All the preparations leading up to today have been made possible with the help from all our sponsors.”
In his speech, the PB Acting Director commended the students’ efforts, while also extending his gratitude towards the sponsors.
He said, “I hope for their continuing support in the future, as it helps to provide a fresh and exciting experience for the students to hone their skills and develop their abilities in such international competition.”
With Yakin III’s primarily carbon fibre body which decreases its weight while running on an electric battery motor, and Pengembara I’s single four-stroke cylinder engine, both teams are poised to make an impact on the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur for SEMA 2019.
The developments of Yakin III and Pengembara I were made possible by the sponsorship of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd (BSM), Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC), FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Aewon Sdn Bhd, Jerudong Park Country Club, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), MOC Sdn Bhd, Swee Sdn Bhd, Ken and Tan Sdn Bhd, Awang Tum Tum Cycle, GHK Auto Assembly Sdn Bhd, Keluarga Tasmera, Jetwires Trading & Electrical Services, BM-Bekalan Motor Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Nurruz, Low San Hardware, Glamco Aviation (B) Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Kilang Papan Forestry Sdn Bhd.