When Science Teacher teaches Adam & Eve Story to 2nd Grade Kids

Today while discussing with my seven year old son on what he learnt in school I was shocked to hear what the science teacher taught the students. Apparent when discussing the chapter on “Bones and Muscle”, she went on to describe the origin of man. It seems God (read Abrahamic God) created the first human,…

With ClubFM RJ Rafi

It was a great experience talking with Rafi, a popular DJ from ClubFM, on the story of ADITYA – India’s first solar ferry. The language is Malayalam – apology to those who cannot understand it.

Imagination of a 7 Year Old

Today my son, Abhimanyu, came up with a “robotic car” (in his words) named RAIN RUN. What is interesting is that this car run on rain. Having seen ADITYA (India’s first solar ferry boat) that runs on sun during a visit on a rainy day, as well as learning about Tesla, he came up with…

Wrong Focus on Solar Projects

In the recent times it has become a fad to associate every single product as eco-friendly and green. In this process we also see a lot of products being launched with a “solar” tag – Television, … (some sample). A recent post by Sri. Piyush Goyal on installation of solar panels on trains triggered my…

GOI Sidelining Water Transport in Electric Adoption

On the surface one would agree that the current leadership under Prime Minister Modi is very aggressively aimed at transforming vehicles on road to electric by 2030. However, the various policy makers have neglected water transport. Under FAME scheme launched by Dept. of Heavy Industries, (http://dhi.nic.in/writereaddata/UploadFile/Gazette_Notification_FAME_India.pdf), the thrust in on support hybrid/electric vehicles market development…

ADITYA – 150 Days of Service; and Surprise!

From the day of inauguration on 12th Jan to yesterday (12th Jun) ADITYA completed 150 days in service. In this period, along with demonstrating some of the unique characteristics of a solar ferry, it also dispelled some of the myths propagated by the nay-sayers. The unique features that were showcased successfully based on feedback from…

Talk at Rotary Cochin on ADITYA

I was invited to speak at Rotary Club of Cochin to speak about ADITYA story – The making of India’s first solar ferry. Points discussed: Challenges – both technical and non-technical, during the design and construction of ADITYA. ADITYA, India’s first solar ferry and its successful performance in the last four months. Each day the…

Speaking at One Mega Event – Transport India 2017

I had the opportunity to speak at Green Technologies panel in the Transport India 2017 at Pragati Maidan. There were speakers from the roads and railways. I was focussing on water transport. Points discussed: ADITYA, India’s first solar ferry and its successful performance in the last four months. Each day the boat saves 100 litres…

Speaking at Green Shipping India

I was lucky to get a chance to talk about ADITYA in the session “Green Ship design and Shipbuilding” organised by Littoral Shipping on 7 April 2017 at Mumbai. In the session I talked on the following: Existing public ferries and problems associated with them Challenge of designing and building a solar ferry Non-technical challenge…

Speaking at Young Indians event

I got an opportunity to speak to young friends through a program hosted by Young Indians (YI) Kochi chapter at Nucleus Mall, Marad. Read about the event here. Event: 12 Mar, 2017  

Speaking at Seminar on Inland Waterways at CUSAT

It was great to be at CUSAT talking on ADITYA – India’s first solar ferry, its success and how it can be replicated across India. The talk was titled “Replicating Successful Solar Ferry for Inland Water Transport“. Even: 5-Mar-2017 A one day seminar on ‘Inland Waterways Systems in India, its challenges and perspectives’ was held…