Energy Consumed during the days of our Eco-Camp
The non- commercial energy sources are: solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy. These non- conventional energy sources are perennial and eco-friendly.
India is the only country that has an independent ministry to look after renewable and non-conventional energy resources, and has one of the largest national programs to promote the use of solar energy.
We as school students found this topic very interesting so we decided to work on this topic named “Energy consumed during the days at the eco camp”.
Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work.
We were already briefed by our teacher how to go about with the project.
We were given few trigger questions which helped us to complete the project on time.
Water consumed for various purposes are as follows :
1) For brushing- one thousand ml of water per student.
2) For bathing- two bucket of hot water and one bucket of cold water (34 L each)
3) For drinking- twelve glasses of water per student.
We were fortunate that no taps were leaking at the campsite.
We conducted a comparative study of the total energy consumed at the campsite. The table is as follows:
Source Of Energy Quantity Consumed
1.Electricity from the board (Bulbs) 100 watts per bulb was used for 2 hours. Three bubs were used.
2. Petrol(Vehicle) 12 Litres
3. Diesel 1 liters
4. CNG ¬¬¬¬ ----
5.Kerosene (For running the generator) 40 litres for two days
6. Coal (for boiling the water) 30 Kgs for three days
7. Wood (for burning) 40 Kgs for two days
8. Animal Sources ----
9. Solar energy ----
10. Wind ----
11. LPG 2CYLINDERS OF 15Kgs each was used for 2 Days so total 30 kgs of LPG was used
12. Torches 1pair of pencil Batteries for 3 hours each night.
13. Water 50 litres for three days per student.
The generator was approximately used for two hours in the evening for the bulbs and three hours for pumping the water from the well to the tank.
The coal was burnt for approximately 2 and half hours for boiling water for baths every day.
The grinder which usually consumes lot of energy are not used at the campsite.
There were no lights in the tents.
There is a solar panel at the campsite but the panel could not be used as it was raining.
There are showers in the bathrooms but we preferred to use taps for taking baths as there is lot of wastage of water when we use showers.
Despite a trend towards urbanization, more than 70% of India’s population still lives in rural areas.
Renewable energy projects are the key to providing rural areas with energy where power is in short supply.
Renewable Energy Potential in India
Source/ Technology Potential Availability /Potential exploited
Biogas plants -12 Million -2 Million
Biomass-based power -17,000 MW -Marginal
Efficient Woodstoves -120 Million -18.5 Million
Solar Energy -5X10^15Whr/Year ---
Small Hydro -10,000 MW -250 MW
Wind Energy -20,000 MW -250 MW
Ocean Thermal -50,000 MW ----
Sea Wave Power -20,000 MW ---
Tidal Power -9,000 MW ---
After the camp was over then we realized that we could have also conserved much more energy in many ways as the resources are getting depleted day by day and we are the future of the World.
07/31/09 - Akshay Binawat, Malcolm Raju, Rajan Ghael