SoULS (Solar Urja through Localisation for Sustainability) of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has organised a workshop for 400 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Nizampur in Raigad, Maharashtra recently. With this workshop, SoULS aims to create awareness about solar energy among school children.
India boasts of receiving ample sunlight throughout the year, and showcases a great opportunity to use the clean and sustainable source of energy in day to day life. According to a recent report by International Energy Agency (IEA), India’s renewable energy capacities will be more than double by 2022. The government is also working towards its target of installing 100GW of solar power by 2022. In order to do its part, SoULS says that it has organised the day-long workshop at Navodaya School to train students from Class VI to XII in technical testing and solar study lamp assembly.
“We want to take solar technology to the masses and create awareness about its use and advantages. With this workshop, we want to reach the young and growing community, and thereby create student solar ambassadors. SoULS is working to set up a solar lab here, it will motivate students to put to use and understand the true potential of solar energy,” said Prof Chetan Solanki, Energy Science Department, IIT Bombay and principal investigator, SoULS.
IIT Bombay will help set up a solar lab for students for the repair and maintenance, lab experiments and testing of solar products. Two equipment will be made available for the lab experiments — solar PV training kit and solar PV simulator. Teachers will be also be trained by experts on how to use the equipment.
“Solar lamp assembly workshop is a way to make the young minds aware about the importance of solar technology. However, it does not end here. We expect the students to make use of the solar lab facilities to conduct experiments. This is just a beginning,” said Prof Jayendran Venkateswaran, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, IIT Bombay and principal investigator, SoULS.
The students also received a certificate of participation from IIT Bombay for attending the workshop. “Such workshops will give a boost to the use of solar energy. If students use solar energy in their day-to-day lives, we will be able to witness a cut down in the electricity bill. The student solar ambassador can help spread the word about solar energy among others. Our students are very excited to know more about this clean energy,” said P K Narayanan, principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Raigad.
The training sessions included: Introduction to Energy and Electricity, Why Solar Energy is Better than Electricity? Benefits and usage of Solar Energy, Introduction to Toolkit Components, Familiarisation of Components and Physical Testing, and Technical Testing of the Technical components.