Indian teenager invents machine to harness wind energy on moving trains
While the capital of India has become the most polluted city on earth, some young brains are working to be part of the solution, and not the problem itself.
A 17-years-old Indian teen has joined the league of those who actually understand the relevance of switching to renewable energy sources as other sources are exhausting rapidly. Considering the environmental damage due to traditional methods of electricity production, Akash Singh, originally a resident of Jewar, Greater Noida and a student at Government Polytechnic College in Manesar, Gurgaon has developed a method to harness force of wind on moving vehicles, especially trains.
Although, the machine he has developed is based on the same principal as a windmill, but in a comparatively very small scale. Akash believes that the setup would require wind-speed of at least 30 km/h to generate electricity. The average speed of trains and vehicles in India ranges from 40 km/h to 80 km/h, which is ideal for harnessing wind energy.
The machine is a simple set-up of four blades with a frying pan-like objects assembled in a ‘Swastic’ sign. The dynamo box is fitted in the middle where all four blades meet.
“The main problem I was trying to target is that all our major ways of producing energy are exhaustible and highly polluting. So I wanted to focus on a renewable and non-polluting resource to get energy from. That’s the reason I chose wind energy,” says Akash.
Akash has spent about two years to develop his wind-harnessing machine. He also wrote to the Prime Minister of India regarding his invention and its potentials. The ministry responded to his letter and the proposal was forwarded to the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The ministries would conduct test to assess the feasibility and efficiency of the machine and would respond accordingly.
Via: The Better India