Cooling down your car interior by running the air conditioning can be an exorbitant use of energy, especially in very hot countries. So what if there were a way to remove all that heat without using fuel or electricity?
As it happens, plants do this naturally. Tri-Gen, a plucky team of engineers studying at the University of Cambridge, saw an opportunity to use a similar process to cool down a car. They entered their innovative idea into Shell’s global Ideas360 student competition and it’s beaten almost 1,000 other ideas to win them a place in the final.
On July 1, 2016, the Tri-Gen team will be whisked to the Shell Ideas360 grand finale at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The final is a part of Shell’s massive festival of energy ideas and innovation, Make the Future London.
Here the Cambridge team will compete against four other teams from the University of Illinois, Indian Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University and Nanyang Technological University. The winning team gets to go on a National Geographic Adventure tour of their choice and to take the prestigious Shell Ideas360 trophy back to their university.