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Say vehicle can run at a speed of 30-35 km per hour

Budding engineers demonstrating the working model of a solar-powered moped in Khammam.PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Budding engineers demonstrating the working model of a solar-powered moped in Khammam.PHOTO: G.N. RAO

In an attempt to propagate the efficacy of solar power as a potential alternative to fossil fuel energy, two budding engineers of Ammapalem-based Pulipati Prasad Institute of Technology & Science in Konijerla mandal have converted a fuel run moped into a solar powered moped.

M Pavan Kumar and V Ramu, B.Tech (Mechanical) second year students of the college have made a working model of solar powered moped to drive home the point that solar energy holds the key to overcome the grave problem of fast dwindling fossil fuels. Their eco-friendly initiative has generated much curiosity among their fellow students as well as the local residents.

“We have purchased an old moped and converted it into solar powered vehicle by making various modifications,” says Pavan. The fuel tank has been replaced with four 12 volt batteries connected to a solar photo-voltaic panel fixed on a separate frame atop the rider’s seat. A motor controller has been installed beneath the moped’s seat to propel the vehicle with solar power, he added.

“It is a cost-effective and eco-friendly mode of transportation,” asserts Ramu. It is high time we adopt the solar technologies in a big way to find a lasting solution to the energy crisis, he points. The solar powered vehicle can run at a speed of 30-35 km per hour and carry a load of 150 kg. The solution to the power crisis plaguing the State and the country as a whole lies in effectively tapping the solar power, the everlasting source of energy, he asserts.

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