Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. is 2017 Sikat Design Challenge Champion

Team Blade of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) was recently named Champion and People’s Choice awardee in the 2017 Sikat Design Challenge. The team composed of Computer Engineering students, Neil Jon Carl Aguel, Ana Luz Callao, Paul Vincent Nonat, Eduardo Narciso Jr., and Erica Lois Ann Vinculado, mentored by Dr. Drandreb Earl Juanico, T.I.P. Research and Development Management Office director, was recognized in an awarding ceremony held at the Rockwell Business Center on July 13, 2017.

Team Blade T.I.P.’s project “Ilawà,” derived from the term ilaw mula sa lawa (light from the lake), is a renewable energy innovation that harnesses energy from polluted lake water through submersible batteries. The said project helps address intermittent power conditions in various places around the Philippine archipelago, such as the remote island village on Talim Island that the team identified as their beneficiary.

Ilawà is a more sustainable source compared to the traditional alternatives of kerosene lamps and standard battery-powered light.

The said project also has an impact on environmental remediation. With its widespread adoption, it promotes greater aluminum recycling and helps remediate polluted lake waters through the release of a chemical compound, minimizing fish kills in lakes and enhancing the fishing livelihood in lake towns.

Team Blade T.I.P.’s Project Ilawà bested 30 other entries coming from various colleges and universities from all over the country. It also garnered the most likes and shares on social media, earning the team the People’s Choice Award. The runners-up were Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Carlos.

Set to develop their innovation further, Team Blade T.I.P. hopes to someday make Ilawà a viable commercial product and a conduit for effective aluminum recycling.