The Cape Coast Technical University’s Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC) has developed solar tricycles known as ‘pragya’ in collaboration with the Energy Commission.
Solar panels replace traditional gasoline in the noiseless solar tricycles that have now been allowed for usage around the university’s campus.
Hundreds of commuters in Cape Coast utilize tricycles on a daily basis, making them an important element of the city’s transportation system.
Nonetheless, as a less expensive mode of transportation, tricycles have come under fire from a variety of sources for reckless riding, particularly by underage riders, which has resulted in an increase in tricycle accidents.
The university’s EDIC is also working on an Ecobus project with the cooperation of the Energy Commission, which will help them develop an environmentally friendly solar bus that will be unveiled next year.
When the lights go out, the Ecobus may also be used to generate power.
The development, according to Dr Kwame Anane-Fenin, Director of the EDIC, is in accordance with the university’s mission of being a leading inventive and entrepreneurial institution known internationally for its high-quality education, research creativity, and renown in green and clean energy technology.
The EDIC, which is part of the university’s Mechanical Engineering Department, was established to develop, implement, and commercialize creative ideas, with an emphasis on the use of renewable energy with high business value.
Dr. Anane-Fenin noted that research revealed that university-industry collaboration was nearly non-existent, and that the center and the university were devoted to closing the gap.
Energy Commission Support
Fortuntely, with the help of the Energy Commission, he said the center decided to investigate the Pragya’s position in the socioeconomic environment, maximizing its advantages and minimizing its downsides.
According to him, the Energy Commission approached the center to see whether the tricycles might be reengineered as solar and noiseless vehicles.
According to Dr. Anane-Fenin, an EDIC survey found that 90% of car owners were willing to adopt solar tricycles.
He said that the clutch was the major component of the tricycle that was frequently damaged and required maintenance, and that EDIC’s efforts had also removed the clutch’s use.
He went on to say that the technology will be utilized to produce electric scooters, allowing students on the CCTU campus and beyond to completely adopt an environmentally friendly transportation system.