'Renewable energy, solution to power crisis'

'Renewable energy, solution to power crisis'

 
HKBK College of Engineering Students explaining about the Solar car to Western Ghats Task Force Chairman Ananth Hegde Ashisar and Mysore Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering Prof R D Sudhakar Samuel at Global Energy 2009 exhibition in Bangalore on Friday. dh photo Of this, thermal power plants contributed 96,000 MW, hydel project 26,000 MW and nuclear energy contributed 4,200 MW. The rest was produced by the renewable energy units.

Speaking at a seminar organised by Space Craft Exhibits Systems at the expo on ‘Renewable Energy’ organised at Gayathri Vihar on Friday, he said: “While thermal power has been the backbone of energy production in India, is has earned notoriety for polluting the atmosphere. The time has come to give much thought over the alternative means of power production.”

Mathias Stack, the department manager of the Renewable Energy Asia said India was presently running short of 10-12 per cent of the total energy demand, while there was a great potential in the renewable energy sector.

‘Alternative energy source’

Managing Director of the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited H G Shivanandanamurthy suggested people to use alternative source of energy at local level as much as possible and use electricity and fuel only when it is required.
The expo, where around 60 firms producing eco-friendly means of power generation have displayed their products, will go on till December 14.

A solar car for Rs 85,000!

If Nano priced at Rs 1 lakh raised eyebrows, a bunch of lads from a city engineering college have given a reason for more surprise. Five students from HKBK College of Engineering have designed a solar car at the cost of Rs 85,000. Apart from the price, what’s even more interesting about this solar car is that it has an attached refrigerator to it. The car is on display at the Renewable Energy Expo at Palace Ground.

“We cherished the dream of manufacturing a solar car for quite long time and finally we started working on the project three months back,” said Syed Nadeem. His other partners are Muzzammil-ulla Shariff, Mohammed Azhar Ali, Yaseer Pasha and Mohammed Muneeruddin Inamdar.

The team scouted for material at the scrap and auto-mechanic shops in Shivaji Nagar and surrounding areas. The boys are now looking for sponsors to make their project commercially viable.

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