Rabat – The Mines Leaders club, called “African Leaders” by the competition organizers, will represent Morocco at Shell’s energy efficiency competition, the Shell Eco-Marathon in July 2019.
Speaking with Morocco World News, the Mines Leaders’ club communication manager, Rim Lamrani, said that seven students at the National School of Mineral Industry (ENSMR) created the club. To participate in the global competition, they resolved to build “an automotive vehicle to achieve the highest possible fuel efficiency.”
The Mines Leaders team has now grown and is marching toward a shared dream. Their project involves building an energy-efficient prototype car that drives farther and consumes less fuel.
Providing MWN with a glimpse on their activities, Lamrani stated that the club’s technical team works on building the car’s engine, from “the aerodynamism, injection, weight, to materials used … to fully optimize energy consumption.”
The young engineers learned from their previous mistakes and currently have more experience to avoid them and find better solutions.
“We take advantage from our previous experiences in order not to repeat the same mistakes and not to waste time trying some solutions that were already tested but didn’t work well,” said Lamrani.
She noted that the hardest part of their technical work is that “sometimes some solutions might look perfect but once we want to apply them in real life, loads of constraints appear.”
Throughout the years, the club’s prototype vehicle continued to evolve, and “the team was able to validate the technical and the safety tests for the competition,”achieving a record of more than 256 kilometers per liter of fuel.
The young Moroccan engineers’ heightened awareness of the rising demands for energy that come with life in an industrial society prompted them to call for “an urgent and efficient energy management plan for more durable energy resources.”
The club’s communication staff seek to “raise awareness among both professionals and general public to the extent of the ecological and energy problems,” and to find potential sponsors and convince them to fund their project.
The Shell Eco-Marathon Europe 2019 will take place in London July 2-5. Shell provided all the technical rules and specifications needed for participating teams to build their vehicle ahead of the competition.