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Electricity from rotten food: Bengal students make it possible

October 2, 2013

Before you throw away the rotten potatoes and rotten lemons, think again.

You cannot use them to fill your appetite or make a refreshing lemon juice, but it can lighten up your darkened room and switch on the fan.

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

But this fairy tale like concept can soon see the light of reality.

That would be possible all because of five young masterminds from Bengal who have achieved the feat of producing electricity from rotten food items.

The Young Achievers

These students studying are currently studying in the tenth standard of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Garden Reach in Kolkata. Rahul Shau, Gopalnarayan Jana, Prabhatkumar Tripathi, Elina Ahmed and Sonali Raut are the five young scientists who have made the city as well as the state proud.

These young scientists have used basic concepts of science to make this unimaginable project bear fruition. “The acid present in these rotten food items, in the presence of Zinc and electrodes, helps in the production of electricity”, says Rahul Shau, one of the achievers.

He also talked about a device they have designed out of mirror, lens, funnel, and optical fibre that has the capacity to light up a room using solar energy. As a part of their experiment, they have already successfully lit up 50 houses, ten stores, two schools and one hospital.

Success story continues

These geniuses have been called to participate in "National Level Children Science Congress" scheduled for the 5th of October at Ichapur, North 24 Parganas. Rahul Shau will be representing the team in the Science Congress.

The kids recently met the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee who congratulated them for their success and asked them to collect a citation from Minister of Education, Bratya Basu. They even held a small demonstration for the Education Minister at Bikash Bhavan. Their families, teachers and friends are all proud of their achievement at this young age.

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Comments (1)
Paritosh Roy Reply
October 03, 2013
Using vegetable waste in this innovative manner is indeed something for them to be proud of. If used on a commercial scale, this can lessen the pressure on power plants, what with electricity coming to more and more areas, as well as use the wastes in a productive manner.
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