UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
Implementation Of A Low-cost Ambient Cooling System With A Modular Air Filtration System For A Public Transportation Service.
What is the identified problem?
Commuter buses are designed for efficient movement of large number of people. But passengers in any transit bus are subjected to torrid (very hot) conditions, during the intense tropical temperatures of India . Also vast amounts of pollution from the outside environment cause high levels of inconvenience and irritation to the passenger. The atmospheric air quality in India is deteriorating,apart from swarming with dust particles and unburnt petroleum residues, the air is dangerously laced with carcinogenic agent benzene - 8.4 mg/ cubic metre - According to The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB). (Pollutant and Benzene presence can be attributed to the burning of waste (wood, coal, etc) in the open, apart from industrial emissions, the jump in count of dust particle is only due to vehicular traffic, other heavy vehicles.) Atmospheric Dust, pollen, mold spores, and dust mite, feces can act as allergens, triggering allergies in sensitive people. Smoke particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can pose as a severe risk to health.
Brief about Solution
We place frames with neatly stuffed choir (or any water retentive material) which are attached to the sides of the windows (via detachable latches) and then there is an arrangement for water circulation with the help of trivial piping arrangement and an sleak overhead tank, (similar to, Railway Compartments/bogies) thereby keeping the choir wet,adequately .( These panels are simple in design and elegant in application.)
When the bus moves forward ,natural air currents/winds interact’s with the windows,cooling the ambient surroundings very similar to the workings of any normal air cooler.(There are channels/compartments to distribute and collect water back into the water tank(percolation).
For the air-filtration system, we employ special particulate filters mounted on panels with filtering element (very fine,randomly arranged fibers) embedded in a mesh like support structure .The also air purifiers are used to reduce the concentration of these airborne contaminants (in particle per million-PPM) and can be useful for people who suffer from allergies and asthma.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
Passengers will be less fatigued after the commute, ambient temperature will be comparatively cooler and less pollutants enter inside the bus.This in turn ,would encourage citizens to benefit from a great Mass-Transit system.(This idea can be applied as an alternative for a fuel based Air-cooling system.)Thereby, improving the overall experience of any without any loss in mobility of the bus (during transit) nor incurring heavy financial requisite (as the equipment/objects are inexpensive and versatile) .
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
Our motivation for implementing this, is that it would inspire people to choose an efficient public transportation system, instead of their private vehicles.Hence,reducing the amount of exhaust gases accumulated (in ecosystems)and boosting the Government’s revenue from the Road Transportation Corporation The whole apparatus for cooling can be (retrofitted) onto any normal transit bus, without a substantial initial investment ,making it a very attractive proposition for a public corporation as well as private enterprises.This is rather a social responsibilities than a profit making scheme. A successful implementation of this idea would result in a boost for small vendors and the cottage industry,as the production of choir is predominantly a segment of the small scale industry in India. (We may also employ solar panels, available at a subsidised cost, eliminating energy costs.)Hence making a positive impact not only to the environment but also the economy. Any Non-Profit Organisations/Non-Governmental Organisation(N.G.O) not only will receive substantial subsidies for implementing this on a large scale,but they also stand a chance to utterly change the way we look at public transportation
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
Minimal environmental impact because we utilize natural wind currents to power our idea,in it’s most basic form.And for advanced phases,the water circulation is achieved with a motor powered by batteries attached to solar panels . This is completely eco friendly and our independence from Fossil Fuels cause the idea to be nullifying the effect of Greenhouse Effect. In addition to this,the implementation of our idea ,is bound to attract the masses towards using the public transportation system(instead of their own vehicles).This influx of people would cause a heavy reduction in release of pollutants from private vehicles(affecting the environment positively) and in turn also cause generation of revenue by the government.
Dates & Deadlines
25-Sep-2013 :Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 :Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 :Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 :Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 :Deadline for voting by friends
17-Oct-2013 :Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 :Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners
26-Oct-2013 :Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference