Our colleges can do so much more when it comes to developing new technologies and concepts for renewable energy. Over 1 million professionals graduate as engineers from Indian engineering colleges every year. That’s a real lot, just imagine if 1% of these could start coming up good ideas and technologies – that would be 10,000 different ideas. Even if a small % of these ideas become commercially viable, we are talking about hundreds of new technologies to make India more sustainable.
At present, it is doubtful if this is happening. Inventions are happening, but on a much smaller scale, as in the case of a Coimbatore college faculty who has developed a 500 Watts class wind turbine that could help resolve power shortage in rural areas.
TK Seshachari, a retired air vice-marshal and director of Aeronautical Studies at the Park College of Engineering and Technology in the outskirts of the city, has come up with a turbine he designed is smaller in size compared to the present ones in use and could be transported in small trucks or vans.
“In rural India, only 20% to 30% residents have a power connection. Turbines like these could be easily erected in villages and electricity could be generated in a decentralised manner,” said Seshachari. He is planning to build a more sophisticated version of the turbine.
Let’s wish all the best to him and hope he takes his design forward to commercialization.
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