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Updated: January 25, 2013 09:46 IST

Sunshine on the tabletop at nominal cost

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Shyam Kumar, technical director of Innovation
Experience (iX), with a low-cost solar lamp. Photo: Meedhu Miriyam Joseph
Shyam Kumar, technical director of Innovation Experience (iX), with a low-cost solar lamp. Photo: Meedhu Miriyam Joseph

A coconut shell, a bamboo stick, some LED lights, and a solar panel could help slash electricity bills, according to Shyam Kumar and his team at Innovation Experience (iX), an NGO. As proof, they produce ‘suryavilakku’, a low-cost solar table lamp they developed. Made from organic materials such as coconut shells and recycled wood, the lamp runs on solar energy. The team says it is bio-degradable and environment friendly. The lamp has undergone rigorous testing for durability and offers four hours of bright light if the solar panel is charged for six hours.

Lamps given to schools

The team, supported by IT major UST Global, gave away 100 solar lanterns to students of government schools in the city at a function held at the Press Club on Thursday.

At the function Minister for Electricity Aryadan Mohammed said that such efforts, along with a culture of energy conservation, could help the State tackle power shortage.

According to Mr. Kumar, the group will team up with UST Global to impart training for women and children in making these lamps. “Our aim is to teach at least one member of each household to make these lamps. If 10 lakh children in the State use solar reading lamps during their study hours, we would be saving 50 to 80 mega watts of power,” said Mr. Kumar.

“The production cost of these lamps is Rs.1,000. Plans are on the anvil to train 500 students, who in turn will become master trainers and promote the project,” he added.

A Remarkable inspiration. Could save energy. Keep it up.

from:  K.M.S. Unni
Posted on: Jan 26, 2013 at 09:27 IST

A good innovation. It will bring awareness amongst users regarding
Renewable energy and Biodegradable materials.
Er Sharad Gangwar

from:  Sharad Gangwar
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 20:50 IST

There was no mention about how Solar energy is to be saved. A battery is
a must and it would be absolutely necessary to use it for lighting a
lamp which will be needed in night, when there is no sun available.Using
a coconut shell half as a reflector and the rest are but gimmicks that
do not address the basics.

from:  G.Subrahmanyam
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 19:38 IST

AT LESS THAN 400 RUPEES YOU WILL GET A SIMPLE AND GOOD TABLE LANP. ONLY THING IS YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT TO LED WHICH ARE ALSO ARE COMING INTO THE MARKET. HENCE WHY GO FOR COCONUT SHELL PAINT IT ETC. ETC., IT IS NOT CONVINCING.PV SOLAR PANELS AROUND.LED LAMPS ARE AROUND. SO WHY THIS COCONUT SHELL SHADE COSTING TOTALLY 1K. IT DOES NOT MEET THE LOGIC.

from:  ENG.K.C.VEERANNA SETTY
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 19:05 IST

This is a great innovation. Please let us know how to buy one.

from:  Arati Chokshi
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 14:45 IST
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