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Solar Urja Lamp Competition 2015

Solar Urja Lamp Design Competition 2015

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September 10, 2015

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About Solar Urja Lamp Competition

  • Solar Urja Lamp Competition has been launched by IIT Bombay wherein the candidates have to design an solar innovative lamp suitable for study purpose.
  • Participants have to design a Solar Lamp as a hope for Rural India to bring glow in Life of the those people.
  • Candidates have to make a solar photovoltaic based lamp. The device should be designed in such a way that it is suited to any place in the world and will be used as open source design
  • Key Features of the Solar Lamp
    • COST Effective (one of the most important feature as it works on funding)
    • Simple
    • Easy to produce, assemble and repair
    • The circuit should be as simple as possible
  • This competition is supported by Anil Kakodkar Padma Vibhushan, Nuclear Scientist, Former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, Former Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

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Solar Urja Lamp Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India
Class/ Age Open to All
  • Any individual, group of individuals or an institute can participate in the competition.
  • Students from different educational institutes can also form a team.

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Reward

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Reward

  • Top two teams and best model in every field like design, electrical, solar will be awarded the Certificate of Excellence.
  • All other teams qualifying for second round will be given the Certificate of Participation.


Prize Money

Best model

Rs 5 Lakhs

Second best model

Rs 2 Lakhs

Best electrical circuit

Rs 1 Lakh

Best design

Rs 1 Lakh

Best usage of solar energy

Rs 1 Lakh

Technically qualified design

Rs 20,000

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Application form and Process

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Application Process

Team Specifications

  • A team may consist of a maximum of 4 participants.
  • It is preferable to have 1 electrical, 1 solar and 1 design expert in the team.

For a perfect design basic three abilities required are

  • Design (LED housing, casing, components housing, overall looks, ease of assembly)
  • Electronics (LEDs, circuits, battery, switches)
  • Solar Design (maximum utilization of sun power)

Specifications of the Lamp

  • The lamp should be fit for studying purposes
  • The lamp should be able to illuminate minimum area of 1ft x1ft with 300 lumens of light
  • The lamp should survive in dusty conditions and preferably water resistant
  • The components used in the Lamp should be easily assembled
  • Battery should last for more than 1500 chargingdischarging cycles

Step by Step Application process

  • Step 1: Initial Progress: Till August 31, 2015; Participants are supposed to give a report on the ideas they are working on.
  • Step 2: Mentorship Stage I: August 31, 2015 – October 10, 2015: Mentors will be allocated for the guidance of the participants.
  • Step 3: Registration Deadline: September 10, 2015: Last Day of registration and submission of the project report for both national and international participants.

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Selection Process

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Selection Process

Competition has been divided into two Rounds

  • ROUND 1: Comprises submission of design model compatible to 3D printer
  • ROUND 2: Technically qualified teams (up to 20) will be Shortlisted and will be asked to get a working model.

ROUND 1 in detail

Designed model submission: 3page document consisting of

  • A brief idea of the model with the special/key feature should be mentioned in the document
  • Design of the casing (softcopy)
  • Rough estimate of the battery life and charging time

ROUND 2 in detail

If the candidates get shortlisted after ROUND 1have to submit the working model of the same prototype if wish to participate in ROUND 2

Testing Conditions

  • Switch evaluation will be done.
  • It will be kept in dusty conditions to check the working and stability of the product.
  • For some days during the fest it will be kept in the sunlight.
  • It will be used in the night to check the backup time.

Judging Parameters

  • Design approval of the given model for the given PS
  • Technical aspects such as battery life, charging & discharging time, light source, solar
  • Cost involved
  • Is it easy to study during night in its light?
  • Is the lamp easy to handle
  • Ease of assembling
  • Simplicity in the circuit
  • Durability of the model
  • Ease of circuit repairing

Solar Urja Lamp Competition Contact Details

Swapnil Gudmalwar
Call: +91 906 788 5348

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IIT Bombay

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