27 students of the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka have developed a solar-powered car called SERve or the Solar Electric Road Vehicle to encourage people to go green.
The students hope to make the two-seater car that weights 590 kg and can reach a speed of 60kmph, commercially viable as air pollution continue to pose threat to human existence.
"There are not many solar cars present in the world right now. This, I think, is one of the three solar cars, passenger solar cars which are there in the world. The thing is we have tried to optimize the total cost of the manufacturing of the project. So, we've done it within Rs 25 lakh. We consider that as an achievement,"
The students received help from Tata Power Solar which provided the solar panels for this initiative.
The solar panel is curved to fit the car's surface and its aerodynamic design, and at 35kg, weighs much less than conventional panels.
"The car needs very light weight and high efficient modules in a very aerodynamic structure and that services we have provided to them," said Ashish Khanna, The Executive Director and CEO of Tata Solar Power."
Segun Oyeyiola has managed to make something extraordinary on a smaller scale. The engineering senior at Nigeria's Obagemi Awolowo University spent a year retrofitting a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind and solar-powered car, partly made of free scrap parts donated by friends and family. Everything else cost under $6,000.
There's little question as to why Oyeyiola, who is taking his finals in the next two weeks, would devote so much of his extra-curricular time and resources to the project.
As he wrote in an email to Co.Exist:
"I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect: seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected."
The two parties with the same mission to reducing air pollution came up with the brilliant idea.
What do you think about technology in Nigeria, is it marching up to world standard or still lagging behind. Do you think advancement in technology is a threat to our main or only source of foreign exchange ‘crude oil'. What will happen to our source of revenue when the streets in the entire world is filled with solar powered cars not to mention Helium which will soon be a cognate alternate to power supply (a story for another day).
What am i saying in essence?
we have two choices or options left to use
1. Either we invest heavily in researches to create new technologies or support the petty existing ones
2. Or we find alternate means of garnering foreign exchange through improvement of some sectors such as agriculture, entrepreneur, entertainment and more
Time Is Ticking!