The JEC Outstanding Engineering Project Awards (OEPA) was introduced in 2005 to encourage future engineers to embrace changes for improvement and to be innovative in the engineering industry. Throughout the years, engineering students from various local universities submitted their brilliant engineering ideas to find solutions to problems.
Recent winners of the Awards include:
||"Fitkick" – a wearable bodily-functions monitoring device to be used during exercises to identify if the users are performing the acts correctly for sports training and rehabilitation purposes;
||"The Versatile Acoustics Filtration System with the Use of Ultrasound" – a compact air filtering system using ultrasound; and
||"Domestic Water Purification Based on Solar Thermal System" – low-cost water purification system using solar energy.
In 2016, the project “Developing a High-Performance & Safe All Solid-state Lithium Battery”, by Kwun Yu LAM, Mattia SACCOCCIO, Jian WANG, and Kan Kan YEUNG from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology received the Gold Award. The team noticed the dangerous nature of the liquid electrolyte layer in an ordinary lithium cell, in terms of flammability, leakage, and thermal stability. Therefore they set out to discover a solid compound that can replace the liquid in lithium cells.
Using element properties simulation programmes, the team put forward an ionic compound that could replace the liquid electrolyte layer in lithium cells. Replacing the liquid with the proposed solid compound in lithium cells yield other advantages apart from increased safety. Lithium cells using this new solid compound would have a longer life cycle, higher voltage stability, a reduced re-charge time, longer standby time, and a lighter weight.
Electric cars using this solid-state lithium battery can cover longer distance with enhanced safety (because of the reduced flammability of the batteries). New lithium cells can also be used to store electricity generated from a building’s renewable energy installations, thereby reducing power supply from the grid.
The project “SoROBO” by LAM Ho Nam and LEE Yen Benjamin from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University received the Silver Award. In this project, the team made an interactive robot that can interact with children for various purposes. The team had designed a low-cost robot for low-funding schools to help socially impaired children develop social skills as well as to help kindergarten children learn English. Besides, the project adopted open source software so that schools and kindergartens can use and edit the software for free, enabling more users to benefit from the project.
As for the Bronze award, it was presented to the project “Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring System from Face Detection” by Lo Po Wen and Wang Chaoqun from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This team developed a system to monitor heart rate and blood pressure of targets by monitoring and analysing periodic changes of face colour on specific locations, so targets do not need to stop their activities to take the readings and can be monitored continuously.
JEC strives to make positive impact in communities and territories where it operates. Through OEPA, JEC offers opportunities for university students of Hong Kong to showcase their creativity and their engineering talents.