Kolkata, May 22 (PTI) IIT-Kharagpur has undertaken a project to develop solar-powered two-wheelers aimed at helping school children. A team of faculty and students from the Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship at IIT-KGP along with the Institutes Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP) are at work to develop solar chargers, power saving devices, road safety sensors and trackers for vehicles to be used by school going children, STEP Managing Director Prof Satyahari Dey said today.
“The Arka Renewable Energy College led by Professor S P Gon Chaudhuri and IIT-KGP will soon launch the solar panel for charging vehicles called e-bike. The concept will be extended to three-wheeler e-rickshaws and can be of great help to the public,” Dey said. The batteries will be charged at solar powered refuelling stations developed by the Renewable Energy Institute headed by eminent scientist S P Gon Chaudhuri.
With expertise in developing solar energy products and leading a multi-institutional UK-India project in clean energy, IIT-KGP has a strong history of promoting technology oriented start-ups, many aimed towards bringing down carbon footprint, creating eco-friendly products and devising low-cost technologies.
The Institute has been testing the two-wheeler, stated to be Indias first 36V electric cycle, in the campus to create a user report, which the production company can use to further develop the product.
“The two-wheeler, Ampere Angel cycle, is Indias first 36V trendy electric cycle completely designed in the country. Its elegant design will helped school children, senior citizens and as well as avid cyclists,” an IIT-KGP spokesperson said. “One can seamlessly switch between two modes – pedal and battery. IIT-KGP will also develop a financial model for Ampere Vehicles,” the spokesperson said.
The two-wheeler initiative is supported under the Department of Science and Industrial Researchs Make in India initiative – Promoting Innovations in Individuals Start-ups and MSME (PRISM) scheme. PTI SUS DKB.