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P2 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 16°C MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 3°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.37 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.27 AM SCIENTIFIC INNOVATIONS TAKEinCENTRE at the grand event STAGE Several research institutes from all over the country showcase their work the field of science PM misses solar bus ride, courtesy bad weather Now, biscuits, noodles made from potatoes Special guest Deepkamal Kaur Students unable to show their vehicle to Modi Tribune News Service Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University near Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Phagwara, January 3 Till yesterday, they were hoping to showcase their solar bus to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. But, inclement weather conditions on Thursday played a spoilsport with the aspirations of students of the Mechanical and Electronics Department of Lovely Professional University (LPU). As the PM reached the venue late, he missed a ride of the bus. Called as LPU Autonomous Solar Bus, the students who built it will eventually be applying for patenting it. Not dampened by missing the opportunity of showing their work to the Prime Minister, students say they are hopeful that the project’s anticipated commercial viability will bring their innovation to limelight. Nearly 300 students from various department of the university had been working on the driverless solar car, which is being claimed as the world’s first solar car, for the past one year. With the Prime Minister skipping a ride of the car, the students are now pegging hopes for a patent and to commercialise their innovative project. Mandeep Singh, a member of the Student Research and Project Cell, said, “Any student of the LPU can come up with a feasible idea and nourish it. The driverless car was first showcased at a drivers’ expo in 2014. At that time, we SARABJIT SINGH Students strike a pose with the solar bus at Lovely Professional University. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH SCIENCE CONGRESS made subsequent innovations in it and embarked upon this model.” “There are no drunk-driving constraints in this. Besides, there is no fuss regarding charging it or fuelling it. A micro controller-based system charges the car. We started working on the project a year ago. When we came to know that Gujarat institute comes up with plasma pyrolysis Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Phagwara, January 3 While the Local Bodies Department is yet to get a proper mechanism for waste management, officials need to study the plasma pyrolysis technology currently being disseminated at the Indian Science Congress here. The Institute for Plasma Research, Gujarat, a research institute of the Department of Atomic Energy, has come up with models based on the technology at the five-day exhibition. Unlike the incinerators already rejected by civic bodies in the state, it produces no harmful end products — no methane and no dioxins, and hence, much less taxing on the environment. The outreach team of the institute said, “Nothing comes out of our chimney, other than pure nitrogen or hydrogen as everything gets broken down at 10,000 Celsius temperature inside the plasma pyrolysis machine. Metals can come out in trays and can be recycled. Pure carbon is collected in scrubber and can be used for kajal or as absorbent in the industry.” Officials of the institute said the pyrolysis machine was already installed at about 15 locations in India, most of them are hospitals. “Medical waste disposal is a big problem for the country because there are chances dangerous pathogens can spread. We have also experi- the Prime Minister is coming, we speeded up our work on the project,” he added. While the car has been designed by students of the Mechanical Department, students of others departments, including fine arts, body works, CSC and electronics, have also been part of it from time to time. Rajvansh, a lecturer, who is also the co-leader of the bus, said, “Due to bad weather conditions, the Prime Minister got late. Therefore, he could not get a ride of the bus. We are hoping for many other opportunities to showcase our innovation. We will develop the bus further and make its algorithm stronger. We are also eventually trying to patent the bus since a driverless solar bus has not been built before.” Get personal alcometer for ~100 by next yr CSIR-CEERI, Pilani, develops handy, application-based device Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Phagwara, January 3 Scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CEERI), Pilani, Rajasthan, have developed a cheaper, handy and appbased alcometer. At present, cops use imported alcometers priced between Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,000. Satyam Srivastava, a scientist at CEERI, said, “As of date, there is no India-made breath analyser available. But we have developed some ❝As of date, there is no India-made breath analyser available. But we have developed some cheaper instruments, which will be available between ~100 and ~1,000 in the market by next year. ❞ SATYAM SRIVASTAVA, a scientist at CEERI cheaper instruments, which will be available between Rs 100 and Rs 1,000 in the market by the next year. After Chicken feet may be used to make leather products: CLRI Scientists working on ‘waste to wealth’ technology Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service A model of a machine based on plasma pyrolysis technology. TRIBUNE PHOTO mented it with municipal waste and chemical waste in Gujarat. Slurry of chemical waste can be made and fed into the machine. The pyrolysis machine has a capacity to dispose of 10 kg of waste per hour and it costs about ~60 lakh, in addition to ~20 per kg running cost,” they added. Revival of angora wool industry As another technological use of plasma, the institute has started reviving the angora wool industry in Kulu. “The fibres of the extremely warm angora wool that was being used earlier to loosen out and hence its use had reduced. Now, we have set up a plasma plant at the Kulu Weavers and Development Corporation where the fibres are treated with plasma. The surface becomes rougher to weave it into thread. The fibres are passed between two plates of plasma. It costs the weavers ~20 per kg and takes about an hour for treatment,” officials added. Phagwara, January 3 In a major technological boost for the city-based leather industry, the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, has come up with ways to make leather products using chicken feet at the Indian Science Congress being held at Lovely Professional University here. With chicken being consumed in a large quantity in Punjab and the feet of poultry animals being dumped as waste, scientists participating in the five-day Indian Science Congress are here to share the ‘waste to wealth’ technology with leather manufacturers of the city. Dr SK Mishra, Director, CLRI, said, “At present, the technology is being tested at two incubation centres. The results are fascinating. The chicken feet are giving a unique grain pattern (like a reptile) that can be used as a whole piece for making smaller articles such as wrist watches and key chains, besides patches in larger items such as purses and shoes. The colourful and dyed patches can even be used to embellish womenswear.” “A small disadvantage of this type of leather is that the wastage is little more because of its small size. But, it can be easily overcome with the availability of chicken feet in Punjab. We will be very excited to Central Leather Research Institute officials show bags and other items (below) made from chicken feet on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝At present, the tested at technology is being two incubation centres. The results are fascinating. The chicken feet are giving a unique grain pattern (like a reptile) that can be used as a whole piece for making smaller articles such as wrist watches and key chains. DR SK MISHRA, Director, CLRI share our technology with the tanners in Jalandhar if they are interested to become partners and sign an agreement with us,” Dr Mishra added. The CLRI expert said, “We have developed a technology of using emu skin for leather. We are also working on making leather out of c m y b ❞ fish skin wherein the pattern of scales imparts a good look to the articles made out of it. This, too, is in an incubation stage in Chennai.” The CLRI scientists also said, “The leather industry in Jalandhar is badly affected by several issues, including the GST. ” getting its patent, we signed a non-disclosure agreement with two Indian companies. We will transfer the technology to them and they will start manufacturing the products for Indian market.” Srivastava added, “Our alcometers are mobile appbased and will help cops take down the vehicle number, image of the violator and value being recorded. They can take a printout of the same to produce as proof in court.” He added that the Indiamade devices would be more accurate. While devices to be used by the police will be priced at Rs 1,000, keychain-sized smaller versions for personal use will be available for just Rs 100. Those consuming alcohol will be able to test themselves before hitting the road. The app with the device will tell them time alcohol concentration will take to come within the permissible limits. Pramod Kumar Tanwar, head, business development, CEERI, said, “We have also developed diabetes detectors. These are used like breath analysers and require no blood sample.” Phagwara, January 3 Ever heard of biscuits made out of potatoes? You can taste them at a stall set up by Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) at the five-day Pride of India Expo organised by the Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University (LPU) that began Thursday. Munch them and they taste as delicious as the ones manufactured out of maida by any good bakery in the town. Not just biscuits, the CPRI staff have also put up stalls of noodles, semolina and porridge, all made out of potatoes. “Cook them like any normal noodles, suji and dalia and get almost same nutrition,” said Yogesh Gupta, senior technical officer, CPRI. CPRI officials said while potato farmers across the region were raising a hue and cry over low prices offered to them in the market because of the lopsided demand-supply issue, it could be easily overcome if the farmers start setting up potato processing plants using the technology which they were offering. Gupta said, “We also have a technology for dehydrating cubes of potatoes, which can be soaked in water when required. They attain their normal size and weight soon and can be used like fresh potatoes for cooking or even mashing them to make aaloo ka paranthas.” Experts from the institute shared an added advantage of their product.
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