The winners of the fourth Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition have now been announced.
Multifun has been crowned the winning team at the latest Fly Your Ideas competition. The five members have been able to work 24 hours a day on their project by interacting across physical boundaries from four different locations around the world as they are based at universities in India, the UK, USA and the Netherlands. The team members physically met for the very first time at the final, when they gave their presentation.
A biennial global competition, organised in partnership with Unesco,Fly Your Ideas challenges students to work with a team of Airbus professionals on real-world aviation industry challenges. They can chose from six subjects: efficiency, passenger experience, energy, affordable growth, traffic growth, and community friendliness.
Over 500 student teams entered the competition, and the final was held last week in Hamburg where the five teams left standing presented their concepts to a jury of Airbus and industry experts.
Team Multifun's winning idea entails aircraft wings dressed in a composite skin that harvests energy from natural vibrations or flex in the wings.
Piezoelectric fibres gather electrical charges from even the smallest movements during flight, storing the energy generated in battery panels integrated in the fuselage and using it to power auxiliary in-flight systems, such as lighting and entertainment systems.This reduces the energy footprint of aircraft during flight and could even replace the entire power source for ground operations.
As well as being awarded the coveted trophy, the team received the top prize of €30,000.
Second place went to team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. These students gathered information from industry representatives to come up with an idea for a system that tackles waste reduction in-flight and cuts down the time taken to collect and sort rubbish post-flight, speeding up airline operations particularly for short-haul carriers. They share a prize of €15,000.