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IIOJK teacher innovates solar car

Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Bilal Ahmad, a mathematics teacher as well as an innovator from Srinagar, has made a solar car which is not only luxurious but is also affordable for the common people.

Hailing from Sanat Nagar area of Srinagar, Bilal Ahmad has been working on this project for over 11 years and today he drives his solar car with confidence. The innovative car made by him works on solar energy and has solar panels all over the surface.

He watched and studied about various luxurious cars which were made since 1950. He also studied about an engineer and innovator named Delorian who started a company DMC which helped him and motivated him to make a car which is luxurious and simultaneously affordable for the common people.

“Cars like Mercedes, Ferrari, BMW are just a dream for a common person. Only few people are able to afford it while it remains a dream for others to drive such cars and roam in it. I thought of something to give a luxurious feel to the people as well,” he said.

He started working on the car and modified it by watching the various videos and started adding the features in it.

Initially he wanted to make a car for disabled people but due to his financial conditions, he couldn’t conceive the idea which made him put his idea on hold. “Authorities didn’t help me at that time. I was not financially sound so I couldn’t take the cost of the innovation,” he said.

Keeping in view the rising price of the fuel, he thought of using solar energy to run the car. In 2019, he went to Chennai, India, to get in touch with the solar panel making company. Furthermore, he researched and brainstormed with a number of experts of the field.

“In Kashmir, most of the time, the weather is gloomy. I used solar panels which can give higher efficiency even in low sunlight days. I went to many solar companies to check the efficiency of solar panels,” he said.

The challenge of how the solar panels can be used over the car and how much efficiency it can give on the less surface area was overcome by him with the use of monocrystalline solar panels.

“The surface area of a car is less as compared to the surface area of the roof of the house. I got the solar panels which take less space but give high efficiency,” he said.

Pertinent to mention here that there are two types of solar panels – monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Bilal used monocrystalline solar panels which occupied less space and gave more efficiency.

Despite having a B.Tech degree in civil engineering, he has a good interest in electronics. He has an experience of 14 years in teaching as he has worked in various colleges and schools as assistant professor. In the past, in 2009, he has made a LPG gas controlling safety device. The device which can automatically turn off the LPG cylinder from anywhere via a mobile app.

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