Energy consumed during the days at the eco camp
Energy- the power that comes, heat, driving from coal, electricity, gas etc that is used for producing heat, driving machines.
Duration of the camp-10th to 12th July 2009
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-800ml of water per student.
2)For bathing-1 bucket of hot water & 1 bucket of cold water (10L each)
3)For drinking- 08 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
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
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.
At the end of the camp when we sat to calculate the total energy consumed we felt we could have cut down on consuming energy.
We can afford to take bath in one bucket of water. That we realized when there was shortage of water on the second day. If we would have saved one bucket we could have used that water the second day.
When we had a discussion on this issue the last day we even realized that we could have used only one or maximum two torches per tent.
We would like to refer that India consumes 15% of the world’s energy.
Coal remains the primary fuel in India’s energy profile, accounting for more than half of total energy consumption in 2010.
It would be really helpful if we can use solar energy but Panchgani being a hill station it rains very heavily and it is not possible to use solar panels all the time.
India is considered as the world leader in renewable energy. India ranks first in the use of solar cookers (4.6lakh) and biomass (28mw).
We were so excited that we found out how much electricity is generated from the following fuels as there were no lights in the tents and we were missing out on doing certain activities.
Fuel Amount Electricity generated
1. Coal 500 gms 1.5 kilowatt hours
2. Oil 500 gms 2.0 kilowatt hours
3. Uranium 500 gms 300,00 kilowatt hours
So friends can you help us to cut short the use of energy. Let us know if you follow any other methods to conserve energy.
07/31/09 - Aman Patel, Mohsin Shaikh, Zane Young