MTCET students showcase skills

K.M. Dayashankar
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Design eco-friendly 3-wheeler that can be run on solar energy/ battery power

Novel design:Students of MTCET with their eco-friendly vehicle in Karimnagar on Tuesday.- Photo: T. Ajaypal Singh
Novel design:Students of MTCET with their eco-friendly vehicle in Karimnagar on Tuesday.- Photo: T. Ajaypal Singh

In the wake of ever-increasing petrol prices and also to save the environment from pollution, the students of Mother Theresa College of Engineering and Technology (MTCET) at Peddapalli have developed a novel eco-friendly three-wheeler, which can be operated through solar energy as well as battery power.

The students, studying final year B.Tech. (Mechanical stream) , invested about 45 days and around Rs. 1.2 lakh to bring the eco-friendly vehicle on the road and named it Aastha.The vehicle, which started moving in Karimnagar on Tuesday, attracted several passersby, particularly the curious autorickshaw drivers, who were even asked the students if they could design a similar vehicle for them also. The students - Anil Kumar, Harish Babu, Sai Kumar and Tirupathi - designed the vehicle by using a battery-operated two-wheeler and later remodelled it by adding additional fixations of solar panels on top of the vehicle. They used eight batteries of 12 volts each in the solar panel to generate 96 volts of power. The vehicle moves at a speed of up to 50 kilometres per hour smoothly and without any sound pollution.

The students said that the vehicle could be operated during the daytime with the help of solar energy and switched over to battery back-up during nights for up to 40 kilometres.

The enthused foursome are now planning to develop a four-wheeler by using the same technology soon.

They said that their eco-friendly vehicle would save natural resources such as petrol and also protect the environment by not causing any pollution. The vehicle could be of immense help for the public transportation in rural areas also.



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