Prez Pranab Mukherjee flags off DTU passenger solar car

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Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, Sept 4: President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday, Sept 4 flagged off the eco-friendly passenger solar car in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Led by Mr Dhiraj Mishra of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of DTU, a group of under-graduate students of Delhi Technological University (DTU) developed the technology and designed the car.

With a top speed of 120 km/hr, the solar car is a zero carbon emission, completely eco-friendly car and has a sedan shape with a seating capacity of 2 and option of adding 3 seats more.

The body is made of special grade Matt Fibre in order to keep the solar car light in weight and performance oriented. Flexible modules of Mono crystalline solar silicon cells of 21.4 per cent efficiency have been pasted all over the top of the body in order to entrap maximum solar energy. In all, 800 W is generated from the solar modules.

Vice Chancellor of DTU, Professor PB Sharma believes that the future of automobiles in India lies in solar power and hybrid vehicles.

While speaking on the occasion, Professor Sharma claimed that DTU is firmly committed to empowering India's solar powered vehicles and solar power generation systems.

The new era of eco-friendly solar car project began when the University team designed the first Solar Car of India to participate in the World Solar Challenge organised in 2011 in Australia.

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