Students of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Avinash Prabhune won the award for research work of Window Solar Cooker. They carried their project work under guidance of Prof. B K Chakravarthy.
The LPG price hikes every month triggered the thought on Solar Energy which could be a clean and abundant source of energy. There are many types of solar cookers available in the market, but they are not that efficient. Each one has its own pros and cons. In a rapidly urbanizing India, the user segment this product is targeted towards are the people who live in high rise buildings because they don’t have space to use solar cooker and the old solar cookers fail to match their fast-paced life style. For using present type of solar cookers, the users need to have open space where they will get continuous sun light and the users need to track the sun all day.
All these usability issues are the reason why urban users are not willing to consider this as an alternative to conventional cooking methods. This new kind of solar Oven will be mountable in the window or wall like a window AC, while facing towards south where sun is available all year round. Thus the accessibility becomes very easy from inside the house itself and the users need not go out. The cylindrical form provides uniform sunlight all day long. The ‘Dabba’ perception about the box-type of solar cooker has been broken by this new design. The efficiency has been improved and the time taken for cooking is drastically reduced, as compared to any other kind of solar cooker.
The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award to Avinash Prabhune, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.