A few Dehradun-based young entrepreneurs have set up what they claim is Uttarakhand’s first ‘wind-solar hybrid electrical charging station’ in the city which harnesses power from the wind and sun to provide clean energy which is used to charge electrical devices. The system installed at present on Sahastradhara road, generates an average of 4-5 units of electricity per day and can charge over 150 smartphones daily. “We have seen an enthusiastic response from many people who have been drawn to the system out of curiosity. After learning of its utility and environment-friendly benefits, they have started using it as well,” said Romik Rai, CEO and founder of Greenassets.in, the start-up that has installed the system and is working towards promoting clean energy, waste management and eco-friendly products in Uttarakhand.
Speaking about the need to incorporate more eco-friendly solutions in daily lives, Rai who quit a successful corporate career to start the venture, told TOI, “April 22 is celebrated as World Earth Day but we feel that every day should be observed as Earth Day and people should use clean energy solutions at every possible opportunity.” Elaborating on the technical details of the system, he said, “ The 1 KW charging station is a 50:50 split hybrid energy generator with 500w of wind and 500w of solar photovoltaic panels. The charging station uses unique vertical axis turbines called the ‘solar mill’ that is a compact and efficient solution to clean energy generation that is ideal for urban rooftops.”
The company has also been involved with creating India’s first carbon neutral international zoo cum safari at Haldwani where they have installed three wind energy generators. “Through our initiatives, we are hopeful of impacting young minds and inspire them to adopt a more carbon neutral lifestyle. In fact, we are planning to set up another wind energy generator on the Dehradun-Mussoorie road. We are also collaborating with city schools to throw more light on the need to use alternate sources of energy and work in tandem with the environment,” said Siddhartha Sahni, COO of the company.