Weavers enabled to generate electricity

November 14th, 2007 - 2:19 am ICT by admin  
As the wheel produces yarn, its motion is converted into electricity making use of a three-phase A/C generator which in turn is connected to lead acid batteries.

Operation of the charka for four hours can generate electricity to operate a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light and play a radio for over seven hours.

The ‘E-charka’ was developed jointly by R.S.Hiremath, a Bangalore-based entrepreneur and Khadi and Village Industries Corporation (KVIC).

“This is more than adequate for rural homes,” said Hiremath, a two time National Award winner for his inventions.

It took two years to develop the cost effective-eco friendly charka with a dynamo that reduces 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Inspired from Indian and Japanese technology, but modified, the cost of charka is Rs.3000.

The ‘E-charka’ was conceptualised by Flexitron, an aligned products manufacturer for rural areas.

KVIC has partnered with Flexitron to market the products. The six-eight kg ‘E-charka’ need zero maintenance and the battery has a five year warranty.

Earlier, Chairperson of KVIC had said, “E-charka will not only increase production but can also produce electricity enough for running a bulb or a radio set”.

Over 1.2 million rural folk in India spin charka to earn their daily bread. (ANI)

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