A group of students, alumni and professors from IIT Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology) travelled from Mumbai to Goa on a solar-powered cycle in an effort to create awareness about use of solar energy for domestic purpose.
According to a report by The Free Press Journal, Sushil Reddy, 2013 pass out of IIT Bombay, will start his journey from the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Friday, December 18. He will reportedly cross approximately 500 km distance in odd eight days and reach Calangute beach on Christmas, December 25 respectively. In addition, around 15 other bicyclers will join to ‘to cheer him’.
In conversation with The Free Press Journal, Sushil said, “The cycle is undergoing rigorous testing in IIT Bombay and it will ready by Monday (today). On the way, we will interact with villagers to understand their requirements of energy. Then we will focus to make solar articles to meet their requirements.”
The report states that the solar powered cycle is made by research and development team of kWatt Solution in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), which is a common platform for students, alumni, researchers, experts and start-ups as well. The cycle can also cross up 100 km on solar power and an average person can travel 20 km on cycle. The cycling team will also meet villagers on the way and they will make them aware about the solar articles like lamp, mobile chargers and cooker.