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Solar Power Assisted Electric Scooter

PROJECT REPORT

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Technology
in Mechanical Engineering to the
University of Kerala

Submitted by
DILJIT V.J.
NIDHIN ZACHARIAH STANLEY
RENJITH MATHEW GEORGE
VIVEK

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram – 16
April, 2009

DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, TRIVANDRUM – 16
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CERTIFICATE

This is to certify that the project report entitled ‘Solar Power Assisted Electric Scooter’ submitted by DILJIT V.J, NIDHIN ZACHARIAH STANLEY, RENJITH MATHEW GEORGE and VIVEK to the University of Kerala in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering is a bonafide work carried out under our guidance and supervision. The contents of this work in full or parts have not been submitted in any other institute or University for the award of any degree or diploma.

Dr. K. Krishnakumar Dr. B Anil Assistant Professor Professor & Head Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering Trivandrum College of Engineering Trivandrum

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our guide Dr K. Krishnakumar for his timely advice and inputs without which we would not have been able to complete this project. The several sessions we spent with him on finding new paths regarding the direction of the project was quite educational. Any expression of gratitude cannot be deemed complete without mentioning the role played by our Head of the Department, Dr. B. Anil for giving us total freedom to make the maximum untilisation of the departmental resources. We would also like to express our gratitude to the technicians at Star Bikes Garage, Mr. Bayjuraj R. S. and Mr. Shibu K. at Omega Electronics Mr. Praveen Kumar at Hero Electric and Mr. Bobby Cherian for technical assistance provided during the course of the project. We also thank our classmates and seniors for their suggestions especially our seniors Mr. Anjan R. Nair, Mr. Rajeev Narayanan and Mr. Radhakrishnan for valuable ideas imparted during the formation of this project. To summarize, it has been quite an experience and we extend our sincere gratitude to all those whom we have missed, for positive comments they put in and cooperation they all extended were vital for the successful completion of this project.

ABSTRACT

In today’s world of rapidly depleting fossil fuel reserves and increased awareness to find alternative sources of energy, we propose a solar power assisted electric scooter as a solution to these problems. The objective of this project is to design and fabricate an electric scooter, with increased miles per charging session by incorporating a solar power support system, that is financially viable for the Indian market.

It provides a highly efficient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Unlike conventional solar electric scooters the vehicle does not need to be in a stationary position for the solar charging to take place. The SPAES is a solution to reduced levels of mileage in electric scooters present in the Indian market today. By incorporating a solar energy harnessing system that can be utilized to charge the vehicle battery while the vehicle is in motion, several drawbacks of earlier models have been rectified.

The proposed model of the SPAES was constructed and made to go through a series of tests to determine the variation in mileage, i.e. a greater total travelling distance between two charging locations....
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