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A jacket with solar panel to charge mobiles

Students preparing their projects for exhibition during the seminar-and-exhibition of student projects programme at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Adyar, in Mangaluru on Thursday.— Photos: H.S. Manjunath

Students preparing their projects for exhibition during the seminar-and-exhibition of student projects programme at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Adyar, in Mangaluru on Thursday.— Photos: H.S. Manjunath  

State-level exhibition of students’ projects brings out innovative products

By wearing this jacket having a small solar panel, designed by students of Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology (BIET), Davanagere, you can go on charging your mobile phone, iPad and other accessories while on the move. The students from B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology (BVBCET) designed a cost-effective model of converting sea water to pure water.

These are among the projects exhibited at the two-day State-level Seminar and Exhibition of Students Project that commenced on Thursday. This seminar and student projects’ exhibition has been organised by the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology on the campus of Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management.

The students of BIET call the jacket they designed as “Solar Garment with enhanced comfort properties”. “When we are on a trek we generally have problems charging mobiles and iPad. Hence we came up with this jacket,” said, Inchara B. Channapala, who passed out from the college in the Textile Technology course this year. Among others in this team are Kajal N., Sunita D., Shilpa D.N. and Spoorthi N. Kadekoppa.

Ms. Kajal said the solar panel weighing around 300 g has been fixed on the shoulder. “Wires run through the jacket to the pocket where mobiles can be charged. There will be no discomfort for the person who wears the jacket,” she said.

Sea water to pure water

Praveen Kumar Huded and S. Rakesh from BVBCET, Hubballi, have exhibited a model of multistage solar distillation process for converting sea water to pure water. “We have seen only single stage distillator in countries like the UAE. We have gone for two stages,” he said. While a rectangular glass container stocking salt water was heated using solar power, the other glass container placed above was allowed to heat in the sunlight. “The vapours are gathered in a separate container, which will be pure water,” Mr. Huded said.

Among the other projects that generate interest was the model of “Low-cost and efficient magnetically leviated wind turbines” designed by students of Hirasugar Institute of Technology, Nidasoshi. The R.V. College of Engineering students displayed an eco-friendly mosquito coil made by using coconut husk, corn cob and plants such as rosemary and citronella.

As many as 57 teams have exhibited their projects. Around 320 students made a presentation of their projects in the seminar. The event was inaugurated by Deputy Director of Indian Institute of Science Jayant M. Modak. Vice-Chancellor of Visveswaraya Technological University was the chief guest.

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