A 17-year-old boy from Odisha has discovered an ingenious mechanism to generate electricity using Rs 500 notes which went obsolete post-demonetisation last year.
Lachman Dundi, a student of Khariar College, and his unusual innovation have come into limelight with the Prime Minister’s office taking interest in the project and directing the state’s science and technology department to dwell deeper and submit a report over the same, last month.
As reported by TOI, Lachman explained that up to five volts of electricity could be generated from a single note.
“I used the silicon coating on the note to create energy. I tore up the note so that the coating became visible, which I then exposed to direct sunlight. The silicon plate has to be connected to a transformer with an electric wire that will help generate electricity “, he said.Partner Story#MGChangemakers - Episode 2: THE 21-YEAR JOURNEY OF CHANGE | Driving India Into Future
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Lachman has also created a transformer that will be able to store the charge from the silicon plate.
To verify his claim, the Odisha government, as directed by the PMO office, delegated the concerned department to study his project and send a report to the PMO. “It will be a proud moment for me if the PMO appreciates my innovation,” Lachman said.
Post-demonetisation, Lachman wanted to find a way that would help in putting some use to the banned notes. “I tore up a note and found the silicon plate. From there, I started my research and succeeded in producing electricity,” he said.
Interestingly, it took him around 15 days to come up with a workable plan.
Lachman, whose father is a farmer, makes and sells bulbs for a livelihood. Having found no takers for his innovation, he thought there was only one way left. “When nobody took notice, I wrote to the Prime Minister and the Chief minister,” he added.