AdDU Team to Develop Renewable Energy Solution for Community

One of the priority areas of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the Ateneo De Davao University is the development of renewable energy. It aims to contribute to national development by providing opportunities and support to faculty and students engaged in research and technical projects focused on renewable energy solutions.

solar panels at rooftop of Ateneo De Davao Community Center

Solar panels at rooftop of Ateneo De Davao Community Center

One of the activities that the SEA has recently participated in is the Sikat Design Challenge. It is an inter-university competition aimed at developing practical and sustainable renewable energy solutions for the rural sector. Part of this Challenge is for the participating teams to visit target communities and then to identify and develop a renewable energy solution for the locality.

Sikat Team

This is our team! (photo from Arie Liston)

Two teams from Ateneo de Davao University are participating in the 2nd cycle of Sikat Design Challenge. Our team is composed of 5 Engineering students from different sub-disciplines (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Industrial Engineering). I stand as their faculty adviser.

With the generous assistance of Ma’am Teresa Dela Rosa of the AdDU Social Work Department, the team has identified Brgy. Datu Salumay in Marilog District, Davao City as our focus community. Thus, last November 3, we started our day earlier than usual and headed to our target barangay to consult with its leaders and do an initial site survey.

Team in Brgy. Salumay

Team in Brgy. Salumay (photo from Jayvee Ferraris)

The trip took about 2 hours. Upon arriving at our destination, we were greeted with thick fog and a rush of cold wind! We know that the place is usually cold, but we were told that it was unusually so that day since there was a storm coming in.

in Brgy Salumay

I would say our visit was productive (but can’t share details :P), although we know it’s still a long way to go before we cross the finish line and be able to deliver an RE solution. However, we are filled with hope that the team can identify, develop and deploy a renewable energy solution for this community soon. May the Lord bless our venture.

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