Sun to the rescue

Mar 08, 2013, 01:01 IST | Soma Das

Helios, the annual festival of IIT Bombay's Department of Energy Science and Engineering hopes to bring students from India to create innovative ideas for optimum utilisation of the Sun's greatest gift - solar energy

Founded in 1981 as an inter-disciplinary group at IIT Bombay, research at the Department of Energy Systems Engineering (DESE) focuses on developing cost effective renewable and energy efficient devices and systems.

Helios, their annual fest, is now in its second edition. Its aim is to bring together students from across India who work in the area of energy, for an exchange of ideas. It also acts as an arena for young engineers and entrepreneurs to present their innovations. This year, their theme is solar energy.

Pritam Roy, co-ordinator of Helios tells us more, “The world is facing an energy crisis, and the focus is on solar energy. Considering that the Indian government will provide subsidies to promote solar energy technologies, we consider it our goal to spread awareness of this untapped form of energy among the youth.

We want to reach out to as many people as possible so they can understand the significance of solar energy. Every workshop, lecture and competition will revolve around this theme. This year’s events will pique everyone’s interest, from those with basic knowledge of solar energy to the experts.” This year, their guest lecturer will be Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Solar Energy Corporation of India.

The event line-up includes Solaroid, an online photography competition where the challenge was to capture the image of the sun, innovatively; Waste to Energy, a social initiative where you can consider any problem, and take a shot at giving a solution; Solar Buildings, where participants must think up novel ideas for a comfortable living space keeping cost and energy consumption in mind. Look out for Energy [LIVE] — a unique game where participants can take decisions on how to satisfy Mumbai’s energy demands under certain constraints. Workshops on operating a solar cooker will be part of Helios.

On March 10, 9 am to 5 pm
At IIT Bombay, Powai.
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