There is simply no doubting the fact that if we do intend to keep our fossil fuel sources going for a couple of centuries longer and wish to smoothly switch over from non-renewable sources to alternate power, the now is the time when the world needs to embrace solar and wind energy sources with glee and new found enthusiasm. While the initial costs might be a fraction on the higher side, government intervention and funding from donors can really help spread the power of alternate energy. And it is solar energy that is leading the way when it comes to switching over to clean power.
But what is ironic is ironic that both Africa and South East Asia, which are rich in solar power, are not really taking up solar power at the same rate as Europe and the US. Engineering students at the heart of India’s capital, New Delhi, though are hoping that they will set the trend when it comes to switching over to solar. The boys from Delhi Technological University (DTU) have put together their very own solar car that seems like racing model more than one designed for daily commute.
The team of students obviously has an eye on doing well in the solar race Down Under in Australia and their solar car dubbed as the ‘Avenir’ has had some experience with racing already. Coming with a photovoltaic panel top, the car can hit top speeds of 85 km/hr under optimum conditions. What will be interesting though will be to see when this technology is converted into a more commercially suitable model that is suited for big city commute. The technology here is nothing amazingly new, but it is heartening to see developing nations embrace alternate energy.