- Mr. Ramakrishna Kandula,
an NRI, who hails from Andhra Pradesh has extended
donation of Rs. 10000/- against our appeal on website
for ‘Donation of solar cooker for charity’. The
donation has been used for donating a community solar
cooker of 2.0 m dia. for a “AIDs Hospice” in Pune. This
is the only hospice in Pune with a capacity of around
35 inmates & is run entirely on charity. It is for the
poorest of the poor & abandoned patients are usually
picked up from stations, bus stops & even outside Govt
hospitals from which they have been thrown out to die
on the roadside. Mr. Anji Mehra contacted PRINCE and
requested for donation of a solar cooker to cut down
the cost of cooking. During the same time the donation
was received from Mr. Ramkrishna Kundula and was
judiciously utilized. Balance funds were provided by
PRINCE. Mr. Anji Mehra and all PRINCE team is very
thankful to Mr. Ramkrishna Kamdula
Exclusive interview of “Prof. Ajay Chandak” in column
‘Face to Face’ in national magazine ‘One India One
People’, in Nov. 06 issue, pg no. 39 to 41. The
interview is on the energy conservation and renewable
energy applications. To view interview,
Deepak Gadhia of ‘Gadhia Solar Energy systems’ won
international “Blue Sky” award in China: Mr. Deepak
Gadhia and Mrs. Shirin makes up a lively couple
devoted to promote renewable energy, especially
‘Scheffler Solar Concentrators’. They have
accreditation of having installed world’s largest
solar cooking system at ‘Tirumala’, cooking more than
30000 meals a day. In Oct. 2006, GSES won the
prestigious international ‘Blue Sky’ award for the
green technology in China. Cheers to this great couple
and the inventors, Wolfgang Scheffler and Dr. Seifert.
Congratulations to all from PRINCE family.
Gadhia family with “Blue Sky”
international award for renewable energy technology
day workshop on ‘Quality Control in Renewable Energy
systems and standardization of Test Procedures for
testing Solar Flat Plate Collector’ was organized at
School of energy studies, Pune University between
23-25 August 2006. The workshop was jointly organized
by MoNES. Prof. Ajay Chandak from PRINCE was one of
the faculty members for the workshop.
MEDA delivers awards for “Energy Efficiency” and
“Renewable Energy”: 26th July 2006:
the year 2005 were delivered to different companies,
manufacturers and persons for their achievements in the
area of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Founder
member of PRINCE, Prof. Ajay Chandak was also honored
with ‘Renewable Energy Award – 05” in individual/end
user category. For details see
“Awards and Achievements”
Workshop on “Small Wind
Generator Manufacturing Processes”:
April 1st and
2nd 2006 : MITCON bldg. Balewadi, Pune.
Workshop was organized by MITCON, in Pune. Workshop
was conducted by PRINCE group. Prof. Ajay Chandak
worked as the chief faculty. Total 41 participants
participated in the workshop and learned art of
manufacturing a small wind generator. One small wind
generator was disassembled and reassembled by the
participants. Manufacturing processes for all
components of wind generators were taught during the
from the participants: Feedback and open house
discussions from participants reveal that the
technology is not feasible in non wind zone. Small
wind generators can be useful in the non electrified
areas with good wind.
“Manufacturing of Domestic Parabolic Cookers and
Renewable Energy Technologies” January 29th
to 31st 2006:
Three day workshop was conducted for “Manufacturing of
Domestic Parabolic Cookers and renewable energy
technologies”. Twenty participants from all over the
country, from distant places like Patiala, Pondichery,
Coimbtore, Banglore, Hyderabad etc. participated in
the workshop. One British renewable energy engineer,
Ben Lumbi, also participated from IT Power Ltd. After
the workshop follow up reveals that out of 12
companies participated in the workshop eight of them
are in different stages of manufacturing the product.
Feed back of the participants: All feedbacks were very
positive. All participants felt that this was a
workshop with difference. After the workshop the
participants felt that they learned art of
manufacturing the parabolic cookers and were confident
of manufacturing the gadget on their own once they are
back to their work.
Participants learning art of
manufacturing parabolic solar cookers.
performing cooking test on solar cooker during the
One day workshop on 17th
Dec. 2005. Hotel Residency Park, Dhule.
workshop was organized for industries on ‘Energy
conservation in Industries and Renewable Energy
Applications’ for industries in Dhule and Nandurbar
districts. The workshop was organized in association
with MEDAEminent industrialist Sh. Kishorappa Patil
was the chief guest. Sh. Ravindra Datar of Senergy
Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Prof. Ajay Chandak, Sh. S.R.
Chaudhari G.M. energy conservation from MEDA worked as
chief faculty for the workshop. . The workshop
received enthusiastic response from industry and more
than 75 participants participated in the workshop.
on “Manufacturing Small Wind Generators and Renewable
Energy Technologies”: August 13th to 15th
Workshop was organized at PRINCE center Dhule in
collaboration with SSVPS BSD College of Engineering
Dhule. Prof. Ajay Chandak worked as the chief faculty.
Total 23 participants from Industry & academic
institutions and five officers of MEDA participated in
the workshop. More stress was given on practical and
manufacturing aspects. All participants manufactured
one unit and tested the generator. The workshop was
followed by visit to Chandak farm. Other renewable
energy technologies like solar domestic cookers,
community dish and Scheffler cookers, biogas plant,
solar dryer, solar industrial heating system, energy
efficient housing etc. were demonstrated to the
community cooker demonstration at Chandak farm
of all participants at Chandak farm, at the end of
artist Sh. Sadashiv Amrapurkar visited PRINCE center and
shown interest in our activities. Prof. Sham Patil
explaining his the working of parabolic solar cooker. He
was in Dhule and Nandurbar districts to extend support
to Narmada Bachhao Aandolan.
workshop for manufacturing small wind generators and
renewable energy technologies: (4th to 14th
April 2005) :
workshop was a joint exercise of PLACEs from Colorado
University USA, PRINCE Dhule, AID (Association for
India’s Development), Narmada Navnirman Abhiyan and
Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti. SSVPS BSD College of
Engineering were the host for the workshop and
residential arrangement for the participants and
workshop facility were provided by them. The workshop
was aimed at developing manufacturing skills to the
participants from NGOs. Following were features of the
was conducted for implementation of the wind generator
project by Colarado University team comprising of Dr.
Anuradha Ramaswami, Mark Pitterle, Mike Whitekar and
Tim Oleson, in August 2004, along with PRINCE team.
Sites at Mozda and Trishul were proposed. It was not
possible to visit Trishul in that period and hence
site at Mozda was finalized.
generator was manufactured by all participants from
scratch, including all moulds.
generator was installed at Mozda by the participants
after the workshop.
Mazgaonkar and his team set a system at Mozda and 30
huts were given power supply from this 600 watt wind
generator. To use light efficiently LED clusters were
students from SSVPS BSD COE were also involved in the
project was well appreciated at national level. Indian
Express covered a half page article on this project on
5th June 2005 and Marathi Vidnyan Parishad
covered the workshop as a cover story in their science
magazine ‘Patrika”, June 2005 issue.
project proved utility of the “Small Wind Generators”
in isolated tribal villages, where wind availability
Pitterle worked as chief faculty and Prof. Sham Patil,
and Michael Mazgaonkar assisted him. Prof. Ajay
Chandak worked as chief coordinator and supporting
faculty for the workshop.
inauguration by Dr. Bhaidas Patil, Chairman SSVP Sanstha.
Sh. Subhashdada Deore,
Chairman of SSVPS BSD COE,
understanding theme of workshop from Mark Pitterle.
PMG by lighting bulb.
participants visited “Essential Equipments”,
manufacturers of parabolic cookers.
participants at the end of the workshop
generator installed at Mozda village.
inside hut at Mozda
of Parabolic Cookers and posture presentation at
Science Project Exibition at "Ekvira Highschool" :
PRINCE volunteers demonstrated the parabolic cooker
operation and poster presentation at Ekvira Highschool
Dhule on 7th and 8th Dec. 2003.
News of Solar Cooker Donation for Matoshri
size parabolic dish cooker donated to "Matoshri
Vridhashram" by Khandelwal family and Suman Foundation. District Collector Shri. Dilip Band, Zilha
Parishad C.E.O. Shri. Vilas Thakur, Prof. Ajay
Chandak and other dignitaries inaugurating the solar
Display of PRINCE projects at SSVPS College of Engg :-
projects carried out by the staff and students member
of SSVPS college of engineering were displayed.
These projects included different solar
concentrators, dehydrator, solar refrigeration system,
modified solar box cookers etc.
of DIPEX 2003 :-
and SSVPS B S D Engineering & Polytechnic
Institute held a solar canteen at the Dipex 2003, a
state level exhibition of engineering and polytechnic
students' projects. Dipex 2003 took place in Dhule,
Maharashtra on February 14-17, and was hosted by the
S.S.V.P.S. BSD College of Engineering & Polytechnic.
featured four solar cookers with diameters of 1.4 meters
(domestic models) and two of 2.3-meter diameter
(community models). Twenty enthusiastic volunteers
promoted the solar cookers and answered questions about
how to use them and how they work.And we proved they
work. We cooked and sold about 1000 solar-cooked snacks
during the day. Snacks included idli, gajar halwa,
sabudana wada, tea and coffee. The response was positive
and several people bought solar cookers as a result of
Because of the success of the exhibition, we plan to
hold road shows and run canteens in public places to
promote the cookers and encourage use of solar power.