Monday, January 23, 2006

Rural Electricity Generation

India Together: Power-play, for the people

A great application of mechanical and electrical engineering principles using cost-effective mechanisms for local power generation.
- Bicycle powered water pump
- Animal driven water pump and water compressor
- Bullock cart doubles up as power generator

Pathak's dissatisfaction with the country's present power policy is evident. He points out that the entire accent of our power policy is on exorbitantly expensive, hopelessly centralised production methods coupled with slogans about saving and vigilance against theft which are never implemented. "Privatisation has made matters worse. If instead, it could place its accent on power production by the people, not only would the per unit cost of power come down dramatically, but the entire power problem would become non-existent in a few years."

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