What do you do when you are stationed at 12,000ft above sea level in a cold desert like Ladakh but do not have access to 24X7 power? The usual solution is to burn diesel and kerosene to keep warm or, if it’s available, burn firewood.
This is exactly what the Indian army in Ladakh does. Ladakh faces massive problems transporting diesel, kerosene and even firewood from long distances.
However, one innovator in Ladakh has found a solution that does not only emit less pollution but is also more efficient. The innovator’s name is Sonam Wangchuk. In a significant development, Wangchuk has found yet another brilliant solution to the heating problems at such high altitude areas.
Taking to Twitter, Sonam Wangchuk, who was an inspiration for the character played by Aamir Khan in the movie Three Idiots, showcased his latest product ‘Solar Heated Military tent’ that are specifically designed for Indian Army personnel deployed at higher altitudes including areas such as Galwan Valley and Siachen Glacier.
Sharing the images of the newly built tents, Sonam Wangchuk said that the tents can keep the temperature steady at around 15 degree celsius even at low temperatures upto -14 degree C. The engineer-turned-innovator said that the new tents will replace tons of polluting kerosene used for heating up older tents in the forward areas along the borders.
In his tweet, Sonam Wangchuk said that one such solar-powered tent can accommodate 10 security personnel and it is fully portable that weighs less than 30 kilograms.
Surely, this particular innovation is aligned with PM Modi’s vision for Atma Nirbhar Bharat. His sensational innovation has contributed to Prime Minister Modi’s vision for being a self-reliant country. In fact, the solar-powered tents are not the first such ‘clean energy’ initiatives of Wangchuk. Earlier, he had conceptualised the concept of Ice Stupas – a glacier grafting technique that creates artificial glaciers to store water in winters, to be used in summer.