In its second cycle, Sikat Solar Challenge Foundation Inc. (SSCFI) has again called upon student teams from different schools and universities all over the country to accept the challenge of creating renewable and innovative solutions that will help rural communities in their basic needs for light and water, livelihood programs and education.
The 2016 Sikat Design Challenge attracted forty teams from different parts of the Philippines. The competition was formally launched last August 2016. The University of San Carlos’ own Team Kahayag, joined the challenge.
The ten-month journey has provided the students enough time to visit their beneficiary communities, to develop and test their prototypes, and to create a business model suitable to their project.
Last July 13, SSCFI concluded the competition with the announcement of the winners during the pitch and awarding ceremonies at the Rockwell Business Center, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. The grand prize went to the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), and earning the runner-up honors are the University of San Carlos (USC) and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). This marks the first time a school from the Visayas is included among the top three finalists.
Coming short behind the champion team is a feat Team Kahayag feels proud of because the team failed to make the cut among last cycle’s finalists.
Their entry, K.A.P.L.A.G. or Kahayag Air-Powered Lighting and Alternative Gardening is a low-cost integrated system composed of a wind turbine, signal booster, and a liquid fertilizer unit which are all held by a bamboo structure that may serve as a vertical garden. K.A.P.L.A.G. provides lighting to a household at night and charges low-powered devices thereby increasing productivity. It improves cellular reception and provides an alternative and sustainable means of farming.
Sitio Pilihan, a mountain village in Dalaguete, is the recipient community chosen by the team because the village is not connected to the power grid. Through visits and immersion activities the team was able to identify the problem in the local community.
With their cash prize, Team Kahayag hopes to further develop their prototype and share it with other communities in other parts of the archipelago with no regular supply of electric power.
The team is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of Engineering students namely Jon Paulo Siglos (BSChE), Bonifacio Saut (BSME), Arnold Steven Sam Gomez (BSEE), Anton Mark Casia (BSECE), Ian Mariae Enriquez (BSCE) and Mikhael Glen Lataza (BSEE). The team advisers are Engr. Jaybee Lacea and Engr. Christine Marie Ilagan-Gohetia.
Source: Engr. Christine Marie Gohetia
School of Engineering
15 July 2017