Siglo, the energy-efficient vehicle of Team Dagisik University of the Philippines, will be representing the Philippines in the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia after bagging 1st prize under Urban Concept Battery Electric Category in the SEM Philippines 2017, held on 04 to 05 February 2017, in Clark International Speedway, Pampanga.
Siglo swept past vehicles of three universities under the same category and posted the highest mileage of 110.03 km./kWh.
Rangel Daroya, Dagisik UP’s team manager noted the composition of the body of the vehicle or the chassis as the major improvement of Siglo, compared to last year’s Liwanag and to 2015’s Kislap which also won the Urban Concept Battery Electric Category. With the goal of posting the highest mileage with the least amount of energy, she noted that the team managed to reduce the weight from 150 kg to 90 kg. and to implement modifications for better performance.
The sleepless nights and working holidays seemed to pay forward, as Daroya shared the Team’s experience in building Siglo. Some of these challenges, according to her, were burnt capacitors and damages incurred by the vehicle during test runs, to name a few. But she also considered this as a learning experience for everyone.
“Even if we're students of EEE [Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute], we learned how to do mechanical work in building the body, with assistance from some students in MMM [Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering],” Daroya added.
Siglo will be competing for the SEM Asia 2017 from 16 to 19 March in Changi Exhibition Center in Singapore.
Dagisik UP’s Team Leaders are King Marc Dimapilis on electronics and Johann Kenneth Alcantara on mechanics, with Engr. Gaudan Chekov Castillo as the faculty adviser. Siglo is co-funded by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO).
The University of the Philippines Diliman had two entries in SEM PH 2017-- Teams Dagisik UP and Alab UP. Dagisik, which is a Tagalog term for electron, a subatomic particle essential in electricity, is used as the team’s name as it is composed of students from the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI). Alab, which is a Tagalog term for aflame, is the inspiration of the team’s name which is composed of students from the UP Department of Mechanical Engineering (UP DME). The vehicle is named Siglo, which means “one hundred,” in line with the EEEI’s, and DME’s centennial celebration last year 2016.
In 2015, the then Team UP, with merged EEEI and DME capabilities, bagged 1st prize in the SEM Asia- Urban Concept Battery Electric Category . The Team also won 4th place under the same category on SEM Asia 2012; and 5th place under Urban Concept- Internal Combustion and Urban Concept- Diesel Award on SEM Asia 2011.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual challenge for students around the world to “design, build, and test-energy efficient vehicles by posting the highest mileage with the least amount of energy.”