Youth generates power using ‘gearbox’

Youth generates power using ‘gearbox’

Oct 5, 2014-

While the whole country has been reeling under excruciating power crisis with consumers in some parts facing up to 16 hours of load shedding per day, one youth has come up with an ingenious idea of generating electricity using an apparatus he calls ‘gearbox’. The inventor, a local youth named Krishna Acharya, 30, of Shrijanshil tole, Birendranagar-18 said that he had named the apparatus, ‘gearbox’ as it uses various types of gears unlike a conventional water turbine that uses motors to generate electricity.

Acharya had successfully tested his technology at a local Khorke stream in the presence of local journalists recently.

During the presentation, Acharya had poured in water from the stream in a larger apparatus, which, with the help from various gears, rotated the blades in a smaller apparatus generating 300 volts of electricity to light up three bulbs. Acharya said that the gears helped rotate the blades 10 times faster than conventional water turbines. Acharya claimed that the gearbox can produce up to 50 Kilo Watts (KW) of electricity.

Acharya, who had earlier left for South Korea as a migrant worker, had returned to his hometown before finishing his contract and spent nine months creating the apparatus. Acharya said that he had spent approximately Rs 1.5 million developing the technology.

Claiming that one just needed to install the apparatus at a place with water to generate electricity, Acharya said that the technology could prove beneficial in rural areas. As the technology eliminated overhead cost like constructing a water reservoir on high ground, tunnel or canal to channel the water, and acquire land for the purpose, Acharya claimed that his technology was cheaper, easier to use, and efficient.

Meanwhile, Acharya claimed that he had invented the gearbox not by observing or learning from others but purely from his imagination. Pleased with his son’s ingenuity, father Khagendra Acharya appealed to the government and organisations concerned to help in his son’s endeavours. Following a successful test, Acharya said that after calculating its actual expenditure, he intends to produce his invention in large quantities and advertise and sell them by cooperating with government agencies. Acharya also appealed to the government to help encourage, preserve, publicise and commercialise his invention.

In the meantime, Acharya said that he would work on fine-tuning the apparatus over the coming six months and register his own company named Krishna Hydro and Research Pvt Ltd to produce and sell it to the masses.

Published: 06-10-2014 09:36

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