35 teams from the country have come up with projects, including water auditing, saving energy and intelligent building, which can be applied in several walks of life
Over 35 teams of students from colleges based across the country have been handpicked in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent under the theme ‘Intelligent manufacturing for greener tomorrow’. Innovative ideas with breakthrough research will be exhibited on Friday and Saturday at the campus of College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP).
The exhibition — hosted by COEP and Mitsubishi — will be open for all. The three outstanding teams will later be awarded, too. Professor Mukul Sutaone, dean, CoEP, shared, “It is essential to cultivate application- oriented learning and this is the opportunity for it. Also, it is a chance to assess self-learning and team leadership qualities. All these projects are amalgamation of many fundamental concepts. Prototypes and workable models developed by these teams will create a batch of entrepreneurs in the country.” Makota Yokoyama, director and division manager, Mitsubishi Electric India, added, “The idea behind the contest is to provide real-life learning platform to the budding engineers of the industry.”
Assessing water supply
The team representing CoEP has come up with a project titled ‘Smart Water Auditing’. The participating students have sought help from the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), and plan to submit their new invented system to the civic chief. Through this devised system, the dis- tribution of water in the city would be done according to the data analysis of the previous years. The system can manage the flow of water, tariff rates, dam level and pipe leakages. Vinita Varu, a third-year engineering student, CoEP, explained, “With the help of our model, water consumption of all the housing societies will be measured and the flow meter would be set up. Each society in a city would get water according to their consumption patterns. Also, when there is any leakage, the system’s automatic sensors will be immediately notified, so that the government staff can come up with an action plan to solve the issue.”
Smarter irrigation system
Students of Akshaya College of Engineering in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu have developed a model, which is different from embedded automatic irrigation systems that are widely used currently. Every time there is a power failure resulting in the halt of the current irrigation system, this model’s manual timer can be recorrected, so that uninterrupted water supply is ensured. The entire model is solar operated and students claim that just with 1 HP motor and programmable logic controller, even small farmers can use it. Sabarikrashnam, a finalyear electronics student, said, “While the current products are unaffordable and also lack certain qualities, our model can prove to be handy for small-scale farmers as well.”
Saving power, water
While there are unique models supporting the Smart Cities Mission cropping up in the country, the ISCT, Central Scientific Instrument Organisation, a college from Chandigarh, has created a model for smart parking spaces, smart building, smart water supply and smart street light system. The street light model has a sensor, which turns the light on and off according to the presence of the object.
Recycling PET bottles
Students of Cummins College of Engineering, Pune have developed a technology where polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles can be recycled in a lesser time. Radhika Nibandhe, a third-year student, shared, “The rear part and the top part of the bottle take more time to get recycled. Therefore, we have come up with an automated model, which will eliminate the risk of any human hazards and also save time.”