CEDAT hosted Professor Chetan Singh Solanki for a public lecture at CEDAT, and a session for training participants on assembling a solar lamp, the GGSY, which was designed in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Ghandi.

Prof. Solanki demonstrates to students how to assemble the GGSY Solar Lamp

The Gandhi Global Solar Yatra (GGSY) is planned to promote self-sufficiency in energy for sustainability, mainly for those who lack access, by providing complete, cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable solar energy access while protecting the environment, creating livelihood and empowering locals. The yatra is planned to sensitize the key policymakers and non-governmental officials towards solar energy. In GGSY, the plan is to travel to about 50 countries, where energy access is an issue. The main objective of the GGSY is to provide hands-on training for millions of Student Solar Ambassadors on 2nd October 2019. The other objectives of the GGSY are to promote the localized energy self-sufficiency through 24X7 decentralized solar solutions.

Chetan Singh Solanki is currently professor in Department of Energy Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India. He is an expert crystalline Si-technology, Si-nanostructures (including quantum dots), thin film Si solar cells, PV concentrator systems and carbon nanotubes.

The public lecture took place at 10:00am on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at the CEDAT Conference Hall, followed by the practical training on assembly of the GGSY.