Georgekutty Kariyanappally’s solar powered inventions— poultry incubator and cargo vehicles— are attractive alternatives to fuel-run technology Kochi-based entrepreneur Georgekutty Kariyanappally, a pioneer in renewable energy in Kerala, has worked with solar power for 21 years. He had to postpone his plans to deliver solar-powered vehicles to the Rotary Club of Vasco in Goa for the Food on Wheels programmeto July. In 2014, when the electric vehicle (EV) was introduced in India, George travelled to New Delhi to gauge its potential. Later he bought 15 passenger auto rickshaws and converted them into cargo utility vehicles. The Food On Wheels has a kitchen unit comprising a burner and a dosa thattu , an almirah and solar-powered LED lighting. With an on-road price of ₹ 3,30,000, it would run for up to 80 kilometres on full charge. He also has plans to introduce a solar-powered fish-vending unit and a solar energy-run freezer. George’s journey in this alternative energy field began with the solar lantern. In 1999, he returned to Kerala from West Asia to join the Malayalam daily Rashtradeepika . As its GM, marketing, he offered newspaper agents solar lanterns as an incentive. “I saw the product made by Photo Energy, Hyderabad, […]

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