Thursday, 11 October 2012

Power from bullock cart wheels

Great thanks to Sridhari Madhav Prabhu for this post.

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Interesting report:

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Power from bullock cart wheels

Chikodi (Belgaum dist), Oct 10, 2012, DHNS

This farmer is no engineering student who has undertaken a project as part
of his course. Yet, his innovation is in no less an achievement, in that he
has converted mechanical energy that would have otherwise gone waste into
electricity, something that is becoming more precious by the day.

highlight: The hitech bullock cart developed by farmer Shankar Badigera run
on power generated by the cart wheels.DH photosThe initiative of Shankar
Badigera, hailing from Karoshi village in the taluk, has made journeys in
his humble cart an enjoyable experience, without spending the lakhs that
high-end cars cost.

His bullock cart is not just a multi-utility vehicle, it is also a visual
treat with the bullocks and the cart tastefully decorated.

The colour clothing on the bullocks and the lights on the cart give it the
rustic look.
The family of Badigera, who has studied only up to class V, undertakes the
annual pilgrimage to Yellammana Gudda and it is spared the monotony of the
weeklong journey, thanks to the tape recorder, the TV and the fun that run
on the power produced every time the wheels turn. Dynamos are attached to
the wheels and a battery is connected to the dynamo. The power generated by
the dynamo charges the battery which runs the electrical devices.

Badigera's never say die spirit has often landed him in financial trouble,
whenever the spare parts had to be replaced.


The farmer, but, has never cut short his tryst with his wonder creation. It
cost him Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 to build the cart.

His family looks forward to the trip, complete with the luxuries, the
disarming jingle of the bells tied to the bullocks' necks and cool breeze of
the night. Badigera's family travels mostly in the night as the blazing sun
of the day can make the pair of bullocks tired.

That is the reason why the vehicle has headlights and indicators. Badigera
has a mirror fixed in front of the driver's seat, so that he too can watch
the TV reflected in the mirror.
That's what you call making most of life.

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