PUP duo tops ?Green in the City? contest, advances to East Asia finals

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Philippe Reveilhac, country president for the Philippines at Schneider Electric (left), with Go Green in the City Philippines winners Rommel Areola (center) and Christina Ordonez Philippe Reveilhac, country president for the Philippines at Schneider Electric (left), with Go Green in the City Philippines winners Rommel Areola (center) and Christina Ordonez[/caption] Team Intellectricity of Rommel Areola and Christina Ordonez from PUP will be advancing to the East Asia Zone competition in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the global semi-finals on April 4, 2014. They will represent the Philippines to compete against other winning teams from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Their concept, the ?Phantom Load Blocker?, bested over 46 case study submissions. According to Ordonez, their project is designed to be able to disconnect appliances from the mains once the appliance is in standby mode, thereby reducing consumption by approximately 90 percent. ?The device would eliminate, or at least reduce the consumption of the additional electrical energy from switched-off appliances, which if left alone, would accumulate to more energy consumption and higher expenses,? said Ordonez. The two other teams of finalists from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and from Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila submitted a proposal called the ?Green Charger?. Their concept involved recycling the radiation emitted by mobile phones and converting it into energy that powers and sustains its batteries. The team of Runner Salonga and Janiz Suyko from Ateneo De Manila University, meanwhile, presented an idea of a solar-driven Infirmary and Emergency Response Unit or ?Soldier?, an e-vehicle similar to a freight tricycle that carries a mobile solar-powered clinic powered by solar rechargeable batteries. ?Last year was a big year for the Philippines. It was the first time we entered the Go Green in the City competition and it was also the first year that we won the Global Finals in Paris,? said Philippe Reveilhac, country president for the Philippines at Schneider Electric. ?Alyssa Vintola and Lorenz Payonga showed us that Filipinos are driven to change their world for the better. And today, we have seen a stronger interest from students and universities for the challenge. It is important that the youth — the Philippine?s future leaders ? have a better understanding of the challenges of rising energy consumption. We hope that this experience will be the springboard for change and urge them to start thinking smartly about energy,? Reveilhac said. Following the East Asia zone leg, the top 12 teams will then be flown to Paris in June 2014 to compete in the final. The winning team will be traveling the world, visiting Schneider Electric facilities, networking with employees, and will be given the opportunity to work with Schneider Electric.]]>

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