How Things Work – Meet the GEEC!

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Niamh Keogh, mechanical engineering student and driver of the Geec. (Photo credit Enda O’Connell)

In the second in our series of Research Videos for 2016, mechanical engineering students Niamh Keogh and Shane Queenan demonstrate the Geec (Galway Energy Efficient Car), an eco-car designed and built by Mechanical, Energy Systems and Electrical & Electronic engineering students from NUI Galway, mentored by Dr. Nathan Quinlan, Dr. Rory Monaghan and Dr. Maeve Duffy.

Last year in Rotterdam, in a first for Ireland, the Geec team competed against almost 200 other teams at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe, where cars are challenged to drive 16 km around a closed street circuit using the least amount of fuel or energy. The team finished in the top half of the leaderboard in prototype battery-electric class, with a score of 287 km/kWh – roughly equivalent to 8,000 miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car, making it the most energy efficient car ever to drive in Ireland!

Video by Claire Riordan, Science Engagement Associate at CÚRAM . Geec footage courtesy of Dr. Nathan Quinlan.

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