Two teams of students from Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) have won Gold and Silver at the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge for their projects entitled ‘Standalone solar load management system’ and ‘Solar energy efficient fish dryer’ respectively. The Grand Final event held on Monday 29th June 2020 saw UK teams from the University College London and University of Strathclyde win Gold and Silver respectively alongside the aforementioned CEDAT teams

The team that won Gold was made up of Mr. Sibo Derrick, Mr. Weredwong Innocent, Mr. Obeti Silivio and Mr. Mukasa Peter, all Fourth Year students of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. The Silver award winning team was made up of Mr. Ivan Musingo, Mr. Fred Wanjala, Mr. Reagan Masembe and Mr. Evarest Ampaire, all Fourth Year students of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The Bronze award was jointly won by Strathmore University (Kenya) and University of Bath (UK).

According to the press release published on the Efficiency for Access website, the Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access. It is funded by UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.

Mr. Wanjala, a member of the Silver award winning team shared that challenge started in September 2019 with a total of 20 teams from nine universities competing. “Out of the 20, only 14 teams managed to reach the Grand Final where Mak took both gold and silver. Funds to prototype these projects will be sent.”

It is worth noting that three other teams from Makerere University made it to the Grand Final. These presented projects on; ‘Design of a solar powered evaporative cooler’, ‘Design of a solar powered clay refrigerator’ and ‘Design and Implementation of a Solar Powered Smart Irrigation System’.

Please click the link below to view the full Press Release

https://efficiencyforaccess.org/updates/efficiency-for-access-design-challenge-celebrates-university-students-promoting-clean-energy-access-in-emerging-economies

The full reports of Mak Teams that made it to the Grand Final can be accessed by clicking the links below

Team 001: Standalone solar load management system

Team 002: Solar energy efficient fish dryer

Team 004: Design of a solar powered evaporative cooler

Team 005: Design of a solar powered clay refrigerator

Team 011: Design and Implementation of a Solar Powered Smart Irrigation System

We congratulate the teams from CEDAT for flying Makerere University‘s flag high on the global stage.

Mak Teams Win Gold & Silver at Efficiency for Access Design Challenge