Ladakh-based Engineer Sonam Wangchuk makes a solar-powered military tent for the Indian Army at Galwan Valley. This portable tent has the capacity to accommodate 10 jawans and weighs less than 30 kilos.
Sonam Wangchuk said the tent can also sustain sub-zero temperatures. He also highlighted that as it was carbon neutral, it’ll substitute kerosene and will help tackle pollution.
Sonam Wangchuk makes solar powered tent:
Sonam took it to Twitter to reveal the big news.
He revealed that his team at the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives (HIAL) have developed the prototype of a unique solar-heated tent for Indian Army soldiers stationed in the cold and high-altitude climes of Ladakh.
“SOLAR HEATED MILITARY TENT for Indian Army at Galwan Valley +15 C at 10 pm now. Min outside last night was -14 C, Replaces tons of kerosene, pollution climate change. For 10 jawans, fully portable all parts weigh less than 30 Kgs”, he tweeted.
Exhibiting its insular properties in his tweet, Sonam noted how temperatures inside the tent stood at +15 degrees Celsius at 10 pm on a day when the minimum temperature outside was -14 degrees Celsius. Besides offering more space than the container cabins the Indian Army uses for its soldiers, this structure requires no kerosene for heating purposes and thus emits zero pollution into the environment.
“This is the second prototype of a solar-heated tent I have made. The first one was made about a decade ago for nomads living in the Changthang region, who are constantly on the move but require an upgrade in their living facilities. While people in cities can live comfortably in solar passive houses, these nomads live in smoky old tents with a big gaping hole at the top for the smoke to go out. This leaves them in the cold and in bad health. Unfortunately, the government did not pick up on this innovation and instead continued distributing cotton tents for them, which I thought was a bad idea,” informed Sonam.
He has also posted a video on YouTube as to how this solar-powered tent will function. Here’s the link.
Appraising Sonam and his innovation, Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group, reshared Sonam’s tweet,” Sonam, you’re the MAN! I salute you. Your work is energizing, even this late in the evening…”
Sonam Wangchuk makes solar-powered tent: The man behind the innovation:
Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakh based engineer, innovator and education reformist.
He is the founding director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the ‘victims’ of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh.
He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting, or heating.
Popularly, Sonam Wangchuk is claimed to be the face and inspiration behind the character of “Phunsuk Wangdu” in the Bollywood movie, 3 Idiots, which was played by Aamir Khan in 2009.
Wangchuk was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities, and civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water in the form of conical-shaped ice heap.
Following tensions between India and China, Sonam Wangchuk had appealed and asked Indians to boycott all Chinese companies.
In a tweet, he asked people to boycott all Chinese products to stop Beijing’s “bullying” in Ladakh and liberate 1.4 billion bonded laborers in the country.