The seventh edition of the GE Edison Challenge held at the GE India Technology Centre, Bengaluru, saw IIT Delhi emerge as winner with a prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
As a part of the challenge, student teams were required to come up with an idea to make affordable power available 24X7 in India. The winning team’s solution proposed an integrated small scale biodiesel production unit to be deployed in ­restaurants, hotels etc for conversion of waste cooking oil into biodiesel and also in rural areas in combination with a seed crusher for conversion of oil seeds into biodiesel.
Sukla Chandra, general manager, GE Global Research Bengaluru, said “It is fascinating to see these young innovators develop solutions to improve day-to-day life and seize an ­economic opportunity that stays untapped. This platform encourages young innovators to think big and leverage this challenge to showcase their ideas and take them to the next level.”
Knowledge Institute of Technology, Salem, was chosen as the runner-up and won a prize of Rs. 5 lakh for their solution — Novel design of a high efficiency vertical axis wind turbine. This unique design is capable of ­generating power three times greater than the existing wind turbine designs. It maximises the wind to electrical energy conversion ratio and overcomes the pressure imbalance on the existing blade designs.
“Availability of reliable power has been a major issue in developing countries. In the view of the recent focus on concepts like smart cities etc., absence of affordable, accessible and reliable power will emerge as a key impediment. Hence, this year we challenged the students to develop relevant solutions to address energy issue in the ­country,” said Mariasundaram Antony, general manager, India Engineering Operations, GE Power & Water.
The evaluation was on the basis of innovation and novelty, feasibility and potential impact of idea, customer value, commercialisation of the idea and quality of compilation.