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The man with the energy pack

Power Drive: Storing energy on compact devices, generating renewable energy, Nakul Gupta’s done it all

india Updated: Feb 19, 2010 23:30 IST

All of 22, Nakul Gupta has already presented research papers in international conferences, devised a technology to store energy in compact devices, a mechanism to generate renewable energy and is an international climate champion.

“I wasn’t concerned about the environment till I was chosen as a climate champion. That awakened me to the problems plaguing the planet. It inspired me to work towards solving them,” says Nakul, a fourth-year student of Career Institute of Technology and Management, Faridabad.

In school he participated in a contest organised by British Council, Scotland, and TERI, India, and was selected as one of the climate leaders from around the world.

His enthusiasm is infectious as he shares his plans to make the planet greener.

“It began during a conversation with friends when my cell phone ran out of battery and there were no sockets around to recharge my phone. I wished I had a portable device that didn’t need to be plugged in. My basic great idea is to create ways and methods on how to tap human energy that can be stored and distributed in a fruitful way.”

Gupta has devised a technology to store energy on compact devices using ultracapacitors, lithium ion batteries and recycled electronic components.

In 2009, he presented a paper on how to generate renewable energy using biomechanical sources such as inertia due to human mass and energy from human motion like cycling and walking at an international conference on energy and environment in Chandigarh.

His research was subsequently published in the journal World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology.

He wants to educate the rural population, students and teachers on how to use eco-friendly measures to save and generate energy.

“A farmer will not know that one can use rice husks to generate electricity. I want to tell him how electricity can be generated and used smartly.”

Holding workshops to sensitise teachers and students about energy crisis and generation is also on his agenda.