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A ray of hope from the good old sun

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Need for more research and development in renewable sources of energy stressed

INNOVATIONS:Students admire the solar-powered appliances at the National Conference on Solar Energy and its Applications in Bangalore on Tuesday.— PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.
INNOVATIONS:Students admire the solar-powered appliances at the National Conference on Solar Energy and its Applications in Bangalore on Tuesday.— PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

From a fan on your cap that cools your head in peak summer to home lighting appliances, a variety of solar-powered tools were on display at the Maharani’s Science College for Women here Wednesday. Students were thrilled to watch their working as all of them were powered by the good old sun.

The occasion was the National Conference on Solar Energy and its Applications and various companies had displayed their products on its sidelines. One of the firms had displayed a cycle powered by solar energy, which could help one commute without expending energy on peddling.

The industry is booming, said Ravindranath B.P. of SRSV International. “With rising electricity bills, people are now looking for alternative forms of energy.”

Gayatri K., a Home Science student, said: “Conservation of energy is the new buzzword and it is our individual responsibility to switch to renewable forms of energy. This exhibition was educative as it showcases various innovative products.”

Earlier, at the inaugural function, M.B. Dyaberi, Managing Director, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Board, pointed out to the need for more research and development in renewable sources of energy. Admitting that non-renewable forms of energy were not fully exploited in the State, he cited hurdles in harnessing renewable forms of energy as it depended on weather and geography.

Shalini Rajneesh, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms, spoke on our depleting natural resources.

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