Electricity is something many of us take for granted, especially in the bustling cities where it flows uninterrupted. However, for those living in regions with erratic access to electricity, it’s a precious resource.
Addressing this concern, a team led by Associate Professor Robin Thakur from the School of Core Engineering at Shoolini University, in collaboration with engineering students Vishal Diwan, Sourav Thakur, Himanshu Sharma, Sahil Chaudhary, and Aman Dev Sharma, has devised an ingenious solution with the potential to change lives.
Their creation? An electricity-generating water pumping paddling system, which they have successfully patented. This innovative project not only generates electricity but also provides a solution for pumping water during power outages, all while promoting physical health.
Electricity interruptions disrupt daily life and can be incredibly challenging in rural areas, where outages can extend for days. Imagine not being able to use essential electronic devices like lights, fans, or refrigerators during these times. It’s a reality for many. Additionally, water can’t be pumped into storage tanks without electricity, which can lead to significant problems.
The project designed by this dedicated team addresses these pressing issues. It harnesses mechanical energy created through a human effort by pedalling and converts it into electricity. This electricity is stored in a battery, ready for use when needed, making it a valuable asset during power cuts. Moreover, the system incorporates a water pumping mechanism, ensuring a continuous water supply to storage tanks.
What sets this invention apart is its unique human-centric design. The paddle of the system requires manual cycling, not only generating electricity but also providing a means for physical exercise. It’s a win-win situation where you stay healthy while contributing to your energy needs. Beyond immediate usage, the stored electricity can be utilised within a week for various purposes.
The roots of this innovation can be traced back to the semester-wise research conducted by students at Shoolini University. As they completed their research requirements, the team saw the potential to address a real-world problem. The result is a solution that benefits individual households and can potentially transform the lives of many in rural areas.
While this system has yet to be commercialised or installed in homes, its future lies in rural households where it can make a significant impact. While it joins the ranks of other electricity-generating systems, it stands out due to its human-powered approach, offering not only electricity but also an opportunity to stay physically fit.