Solar-powered two-wheeler for the physically-challenged

Students of Periyar Maniammai University (PMU) in Thanjavur district have designed Eco-challenger, a motorised two-wheeler powered by solar energy meant to improve mobility of people with disabilities. A solar panel on the top of the vehicle exposed to the sun can recharge power at a maximum rate of 2.6 amps. There is also a provision for external charging with electric plug to recharge battery at the rate of 2.7 to 3 amps. Battery back-up makes the vehicle run in the absence of photo voltaic rays.

The significance of the vehicle has to be viewed in the context of global warming, according to V. Ramaseshan, Team Representative and final-year Mechanical Engineering student. Others in the team, also in their final-year Mechanical Engineering, include R.M. Hari Raam, D. Vasanth, M. Muthuraman, and M. Vivek. The team is yet to patent the product that was developed entirely in the university workshop and department laboratory.......Read More

Source: The Hindu

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