Nagpur: A modified cycle mechanism to produce renewable energy has been developed by a team of seven bachelor of engineering (BE) students from SB Jain Institute of Technology, Management and Research.
When attached with specific mechanism, the model, that appears like an exercycle, can generate power enough to run a small flour mill, domestic mixer grinder or metal cutters. A generator can also be powered to run two fans and a tube light by the model.
Mohammad Wasique Ashraf, Mohammad Naqeeb Ansari, Harshit Lokhande, Harshad Borade, Lalit Thakkar, Rahul Patle and Mayur Tule are the team of final-year mechanical engineering students that have come up with this mechanism. The mechanism called ‘Dual quick return pedal operated multipurpose machine’ took eight months to design. Assistant professor Faisal Hussain guided them.
Hussain said that they need to discover and invent more such sources of clean energy and that dependence on fossil fuels needs to be minimized.
The team during the project were supported bu Head of the department VM Suple, principal SL Badjate and CEO Sanjeev Agrawal.
“We started research and analysis at the start of our seventh semester in August 2016. By November 2016, the model drawing was ready. From December 2015, the fabrication work started at the workshop of Naqeeb’s father in Gandhibagh,” said Wasique.
Talking about their inspiration, Harshad said that India ranks 3rd after China and United Kingdom in energy consumption. They feel renewable energy utilization must increase in day-to-day life and at the same time, health issues are afflicting human beings. Thus, the use of this model in routine life, would serve both the purposes — good health and clean energy.
Wasique said that they discovered the ‘whit-worth quick return mechanism’ and modelled the project on this method. A pedal operated dual quick return machine is used to get various outputs at their end. The main focus is on the upgrading the existing chain drive mechanism by means of the said mechanism.
News Source: energy.economictimes.
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