Solar man of India urges to miserly use Solar energy
Solar man of India, also fondly called Solar Gandhi, Professor Chetan Singh Solanki (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay), interacted with students and teachers of Panjab University today in University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) on Friday.
Chandigarh: Solar man of India, also fondly called Solar Gandhi, Professor Chetan Singh Solanki (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay), interacted with students and teachers of Panjab University today in University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) on Friday. Professor Solanki articulated that Climate change is threatening not only sustainable life but the sustainability of life on the planet. He stressed that we have only 6-7 years left before we reach global warming of 1.5 degree Centigrade (IPCC report). Therefore “drastic” and “immediate” actions are required to mitigate climate change.
Professor Solanki professed that the solution lies in adopting “Energy Swaraj” with generating and consuming energy locally. He said that adopting “Energy Swaraj” will also help in skill development, livelihood creation, energy independence, local economy strengthening, and of course, climate change mitigation. To create a public movement and establish Energy Swarajacross an 11 years long Energy Swaraj Yatra (2020-30) through a solar bus is undertaken by Prof. Chetan S. Solanki, IIT Bombay. Prof. Solanki lives in bus and has pledged not to go home for 11 years. Professor Solanki reasoned that we should in fact consume energy as less as possible to mitigate climate change and therefore solar energy that we harvest using solar panels should also be miserly used. Solar powered bus of Professor Solanki was demonstrated to students as well as teachers of Panjab University. Energy Swaraj bus has facilities for working, meeting sleeping, cooking, washing, and training. The bus is fitted with 3.2 kW solar panels and 6 kWh of battery storage. It has a 3 kVa inverter. Lights, cooler, cook-stove, TV, AC, laptop charging inside the bus are all solar-powered. The engine of the bus runs on diesel.