Prototype is currently under trial run

S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), an autonomous research institution under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has entered into a partnership with Kolkata-based renewable energy college in a solar jacket project.

These are summer-jackets to keep one cool.

The prototype of the jacket has been developed and is currently under trial run.

It will use solar modules that will power a fan to suck out warm air around a body ensuring a cool environment.

It is expected to come to the aid of people who are exposed to the scorching summer sun like the policeman or the industrial worker whose work environment is often a high-temperature one.

S.P. Gon Chaudhuri, the chairman of the renewable energy college here which has developed the product for use here, said that the SNBNCBS has become a partner for further development of the jacket and would conduct studies to test the physiological impact of the product.

Major areas

SNBNCBS’s major areas of research institute include electronic structure and physics of materials, cosmology and chemical physics.

However, while focussing on basic research, it has also made a move to contribute an application-driven basic research to particular in areas of national needs.

The institution was set up in 1986 by the DST to honour the great quantum mechanics scientist, Satyendranath Bose .

20 jackets to be supplied

Mr. Gon Chaudhuri, who is also the lead scientist for this project at the renewable energy college, said that 20 jackets would be supplied to the institute for their study that would be done by placing sensors on a model, which will assess the impact of the jacket on the body.

An agreement has been signed with a company for commercial development of the jacket.