Neel Shah, a Class 12 student at Zenith High School in Vadodara, Gujarat, has created a functioning prototype of a solar-powered e-bike that uses both the sun’s energy and a dynamo alternator.
It is not uncommon to find today’s kids preoccupied with following a certain professional path. However, Neel Shah, a Class 12 student at Zenith High School in Vadodara, Gujarat, is doing far more than merely preparing for a job.
He converted a regular electrical e-bike from the local junkyard into a solar battery-powered e-bike
“My fascination with scientific laws began when I was a child.” “I’ve always been interested by how solar energy works and how various systems operate for the benefit of people,” he says.
In Class 7, he created an aircraft out of a plastic bottle and scrap cardboard for a school competition called “Best Out of Waste.” After getting interested in the innovation in Class 10, he selected the science stream to further his passion in the subject.
He explains that his physics instructor, Santosh Kaushik, sparked his interest in the area by assigning him a topic to explore and supervising the results of his work.
In Class 7, he created an aircraft out of a plastic bottle and scrap cardboard for a school competition called “Best Out of Waste.” After being bitten by the innovation bug in Class 10, he selected the science stream to further his passion in the subject.
They had just been discussing solar energy, which prompted Neel to acquire some actual experience. He could sense the hardship of the ordinary guy and desired to do something about it amid rising gasoline prices and disputed power bills.
This resulted in the creation of a prototype for an electric bicycle, which has no running or charging costs and minimises the traveller’s carbon impact.
Solar Bicycle Project
When Neel told his father, a retired government official, that he wanted to experiment with solar-powered inventions, he was thrilled.
“Father went out and purchased me an old e-bike from a nearby scrap yard because it was my first effort and things may go wrong.” “It was only Rs 300,” he says.
Neel then purchased two 10 watt solar panels, two 2 volt batteries, and a dynamo alternator. The whole investment came to Rs 12,000, which he claims was offset by not having to pay gasoline expenses.
“A dynamo is a motor-powered device that is connected to a tire.” The rotation of the wheel creates power via natural current. This implies that while the solar panels power the bike during the day, the dynamo charges it at night for free,” he explains.
The prototype operates on a relay charging method, which means that the panels actively charge it while it is operating in the sun. According to the teenage inventor, it takes around 8 hours to fully charge and can go up to 15 kilometers.
“As the capacity of the panels or batteries rises, so does the distance,” he says.
While it only took him 30 days to get this model up and running, Neel admits that it took him twice as long to gather necessary research. This restoration included mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, both of which were outside the scope of his educational curriculum.
“This isn’t even a field in which I’d be interested in working.” I want to be a physicist and then go on to do a PhD in the same subject. “However,” he goes on, “this endeavour taught me skills that will benefit me in life and improve the lives of others around me.”
The 18-year-old is enjoying the moment as he recounts his wonderful learning experience with this endeavor. He states that he has no intentions to commercialize the product at this time, but that he rides the bike to school and other locations in the area on a regular basis.