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The new machine works on gravitational force and atmospheric pressure. Aasis contacted NASA and conveyed his idea through the Internet

The new machine works on gravitational force and atmospheric pressure. Aasis contacted NASA and conveyed his idea through the Internet  

Frequent power cuts and load-shedding made Aasis Vinayak P.G, a Plus One student at the SDA English Medium School in Pathanamthitta, think of a `different' water drawing system.

He thought of "a machine that could pump the tailrace waters of the hydro-electric projects back to the reservoir by using natural forces that would not disturb the equilibrium of nature."

And it worked. His innovative thinking led to the invention of a unique water pump, which he named `Vinayak's Hydel System' (VHS), based on a new theory.

This 16-year-old made a working model of his VHS with the help of the school authorities and demonstrated its working at a press conference on July 12.

He made the news. Rashtrapathi Bhavan sources contacted the youngster and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad, offered him help to file a patent on his behalf in India and abroad.

The NIF has approved Aasis's new theory and has already signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with him to make two additional VHS models at the Indian Institutes of Technology in Chennai and Guwahati.

It invited him for the third round of the Innovation Award Ceremony, which will be held in Ahmedabad on December 10. The chief guest will be the President, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.

The new machine works on gravitational force and atmospheric pressure. Aasis contacted NASA and conveyed his idea through the Internet. Within a few days, he got an encouraging e-mail from Herbert Kroemer, Nobel Physics laureate.

Dr. Kroemer wrote, "The principle behind the machine can solve the present energy crisis. So you get even the Nobel Prize. Then, you will be the youngest person to be awarded a Nobel Prize.''

In another message on June 24, Dr. Kroemer said, "The system has got lot of advantages. It is an amazing innovation. I don't have words to express it."

Says the young inventor, Aasis, "If we create an atmosphere for the natural energy sources to act upon, they can do the work and we need provide only the minimum energy required to create that situation.''

The system consists of an air-pusher and water drawer (APWARD), venal pipe, valves and collecting duct.

In the new system, the phenomenon by which the piston moves automatically has been called the `Vinayakan Effect'.

According to him, the system can pump 1,000 litres of water to a height of eight metres by working the APWARD for just two seconds. It has a power of 10 watts (less than that of a zero-watt bulb). So, the total energy required by the system is only 20 joule, he says.

In comparison, an ordinary motor that works to raise the water to eight metres high requires more than 98,000 joule, says Aasis. One can operate 4,900 motors of this kind (VHS) by supplying the energy required for just one ordinary motor, he points out.

According to him, the power required by just 14,000 ordinary motors is more than enough for the new system to supply enough water to all of South India.

Aasis says that the system will cost only Rs. 8,000 per unit. It can pump 1,000 litres of water for just 10 watts and that too in two seconds, instead of depending upon the ordinary motor, which requires 750 watts, working for 20 minutes.

According to Aasis, the technology can be developed for wider applications in various projects like the Veeranam Project in Tamil Nadu and then there will be no need for interlinking of rivers.

The system can even be used at the hydel power stations to recycle the tailrace waters, says he.

Aasis is the only son of B. Prafullachandran Pillai, Malayalam lecturer at the Pathanamthitta Catholicate College, and P. Geetha, a high school teacher.

RADHAKRISHNAN KUTTOOR

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