The Irish Independent reports that a car powered on
vegetable oil has earned a team of Irish bright sparks second
place in a worldwide technology competition in Paris.
Brian Byrne, Aodhan Coffey and Karl O'Dwyer - or 'Team
AcidRain' from NUI Maynooth - drove their 'Voila-Mobile'
to the French capital on sunflower oil for the Microsoft Imagine
Cup, which attracted entries from 200,000 of the brightest
young minds from 100 countries (Click
They beat off tough competition from China, Korea, Poland
and Ukraine to come second to a team of students from Singapore
- who developed a system for monitoring air pollution.
Speaking from Paris after the results were announced, team
captain, Brian Byrne said they were "absolutely thrilled"
with the result. "We've put in a lot of hard work and effort
in preparing for the Microsoft Imagine Cup and to make it
to the final six teams was a fantastic achievement. To have
come second is even better.
"The experience of showcasing our fuel conversion kit to
so many interested and influential people creates exciting
opportunities for the project. All that's left for us to do
now is to drive back home in our sunflower oil-powered car."
The unique 'one size fits all' kit, will convert any
diesel engine to run on any type of vegetable oil.
Paul Rellis, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland praised
the team for their achievement. "I thought that if they made
it to Paris they would have to be serious contenders for the
finals" - he said.
A design team from Sligo IT also made it to Paris with ParkIT
- a system for helping motorists find parking using CCTV information
and mobile phones. "It was a great opportunity for us and
we think our idea has huge potential" - said team member,
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Source - The Irish Independent