In a competition that encourages university students to conceive, share and collaboratively develop innovative ideas to help tackle energy, water and food challenges around the world, an Indian university has entered the top fifth slot.

Krishna Chaturvedi and his team member Priya Sihag from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, has got a mention in the top five list of Global Shell Ideas360, with their innovative idea – ‘Fire in Ice: Fuel for the Future’. The other finalists are from Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands and Australia.

The ‘Fire in Ice: Fuel for the Future’ project, implemented under the mentorship of Andrew Tan, presents an innovative, promising and sustainable source of energy for the future, via the injection of carbon dioxide in hydrate reservoirs to produce methane gas. The microbial action on carbon dioxide in the reservoir to convert it to methane via methanogenesis (procedure of microbial action) and reformation of a methane gas hydrate, forming a complete cycle and providing an everlasting source of energy was the concept of the idea.

The Global Shell Ideas360 provides university students an exciting opportunity to develop their ideas into a potentially investment worthy business case with the support of mentors and subject matter experts.

University students would be able to demonstrate their potential, develop their skills and collaborate globally with like-minded innovators, gaining insights into the current and future challenges in the economy.

The competition, which encourages university students to conceive, share and collaboratively develop innovative ideas, kicked off in September 2013, generating 668 submissions by students around the world, of which 97 ideas made it to the second stage.

The Indian team, along with other finalists, would pitch their idea to a panel of judges in Amsterdam on May 14, 2014. On May 15, the winner would be announced at the Powering Progress Together forum that would be held at Shell Eco-marathon 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

(This article was published on May 12, 2014)
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