ICSR is an active player in various global go green initiatives and is sensitive about environmental issues like Global Warming, Agenda 21, Ozone Hole Depletion, Environmental Pollution and Sustainable Development. It acts as bridge between the Scientists, Technocrats, Academicians, Researchers, Industry and the Market and thus serves as a platform to educate all the stakeholders about the need and purpose of Green Development and various measures to achieve the same. It also has various environmental scientists, ecologists and naturalists in its panel. ICSR maintains a exclusive Green Development Fund for supporting and funding various green technological initiatives and projects and has zero carbon foot print. Being a green journal, the ICSR Journals comes exclusively in soft format. Even the Publication certificates, Membership Cards and various other certificates are issued to its members and authors only in soft format.
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Refrigeration industry is major energy guzzler globally. In developing countries the need for refrigeration is even more pronounced due to greater scarcity of food and vaccines and prevalent sunny climate (solar heat leads to quick decomposition of edible items). Unfortunately the benefits of refrigeration are not available to most of the people in under-developed nations due to lack of electricity. The students of University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria approached ICSR Committee with a theoretical model of Solar Energy based Refrigerator. It was based on the concept that any heat engine cycle, when reversed, becomes a refrigeration cycle (closed integral of the heat transfer, and thus the net work done becomes negative). Simple stated the model was based on reversed Carnot cycle where ice is prepared using solar power instead of the conventional electricity. The ICSR Committee suggested some technical modifications in the project and supported the students for the same. The committee also Played a vital role in helping the students get their project patented.
Solar Panels are used for generating electrical energy from sun light. But the efficiency of energy conversion from solar energy (light energy) to electrical energy is highest when the sunrays are vertically incident on the panel i.e. at 90 degrees. Since the position of the sun varies not only diurnally but also seasonally so static solar panels are unable to harness solar energy at full efficiency. The students of Sohag University, Egypt have come up with a concept of “Sun Synchronous Robotic Solar Panel”. This solar panel is robotically controlled and auto adjustable and turns itself automatically in the direction of the sun. The ICSR Panel motivated the students to transform this student project into full fledged working prototype project and also funded for the cause. The project is in patenting phase and a conceptual working model has already been presented. ICSR Committee has supported the students in developing the prototype of the project and is playing crucial role in getting the project patented.
Aquaponics is a term obtained by combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. Hydroponics is all about growing plants in water. While aquaculture is the technique of raising aquatic animals like fish and prawn. The students of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat, Assam, India approached us with the concept of integrating these two different techniques to develop sustainable agriculture in north eastern states of India, without any external support (i.e. food production without consuming fertilizer and fuel). The students have developed a pilot project by integrating a small aquaponic farm with a nearby aquaculture pond (pokhri).
In 2008, ICSR was approached by the students of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University for design and development of GPS based Wild Animal Tracking System. The project was based on solar powered 9gram Trizum GE 863 GPS cum GPRS Module. The collar tags so developed where used for tracking African lions. The project was very successful and much ahead of its time.
It is always said that it is better to burn fat instead of burning fuel. Use of cycles is one of the easiest and the best ways of doing this. But when compared to fuel based motor-cycles the cycles require greater effort and are slower in speed. They cannot be used for long distance travelling and are also not suitable for carrying additional cargo. The Students of Jadavpur University, India approached ICSR Committee with a model of battery based auto rechargeable electrical power assisted bicycle (nick named as E-Bike or Effi-Cycle) which was capable of overcoming all these limitations of a normal bicycle. The project was successful and was fully funded out of ICSR Green Development Fund.