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Roystan Castelino wins national innovation award for kite energy project


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru
With Inputs from Media Release

Mangaluru, Mar 21: Ever heard of producing energy out of something as simple as a kite? That's exactly what a 22-year-old student from the city's Srinivas Institute of Technology has developed, and what's more, even won a national award for it.

Roystan Vijay Castelino has done the city and his hometown proud by winning the national Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award, for his project on producing high-altitude wind energy using a kite, which he claims to be a revolution in the field of renewable energy.


Royston with his mother Agnes Castelino and brother Rohith Castelino

The award was presented on March 13 in a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, by Dr R A Mashelkar, FRS, chairperson, National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) in the MLM (More from Less for Many) category. The event had been inaugurated by President of India Pranab Mukherjee on March 12. Out of 2,363 nominations, 43 projects were selected from different fields.

Roystan Castelino, son of Marcel and Agnes Castelino from Nakre village of Karkala, did his schooling in Kannada medium schools in Nakre. He then did his PU studies at St Aloysius PU College, and joined Srinivas Institute of Technology, Valachil to pursue engineering.

He says that the project was undertaken in 2015 as part of his final year BE (electrical and electronics engineering) under the guidance of Prof Lokesh B. The objective was to increase efficiency of wind-power generation, make it more economical, and help in rural electrification.

Under the existing wind power system, trees are often cut and windmills have an impact on the ecology. Roystan wanted to find an alternative solution which could be both economical and environment-friendly, and one fine day, when he was at the beach, he stumbled upon idea when he saw a man controlling a kite.

Wind energy using a kite works on the principle of converting kinetic energy (pulling force) to rotational motion. With an increase in altitude, wind increases and this can generate more power compared to traditional wind turbines. This is trapped in a power kite and harvesting of energy is possible even at inaccessible locations such as offshore and elevated areas and at lesser installation costs.

The four-line power or parafoil kite was ordered from China and materials used for the project were bicycle parts, crank wheels (which formed the chain drive) and bicycle sprockets. The generator is made by modifying the ceiling fan with permanent magnets. Threads are wound over the rims of the bicycle for easy control. Wireless transmitter/receiver circuit controls the motor for handling of the kite and for winding back the thread. Chain drive is used to increase the speed economically.

Using a figure 8 shape in the sky, energy is maximised and then stored in the battery in power phase, while in recovery phase, 17 W of energy is spent for winding and controlling the thread. The project was tested using a 4.5 msq kite on the beach, where the wind speed was approximately 10 m/s. During this test, the power output obtained was 300 W.

Roystan's idea also won the 'Project of the Year' award from the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, last year.

"I would like to call my project, 'Winds of Change', because if implemented, it will certainly bring a revolution in renewable energy," says Roystan. In a week's time, he will apply for a patent.

 

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  • AN, Boston

    Fri, Mar 25 2016

    Can you please demonstrate in your video how you will reel in the kite / when, and approximate evaluation / rating of the power generated through such a system.

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  • vijay P, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Without taking away all the Kudos to Royston, I would like to point out...the idea is not 'original'.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/saul_griffith_on_kites_as_the_future_of_renewable_energy?language=en
    Other than using bike parts...great! Don't you all think it would be fair to quote the source?

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  • Roystan Castelino, Nakre

    Fri, Mar 25 2016

    Your probably right! but don't you think Indians should learn to adopt the cutting edge technology? Kite energy using all available parts for electrification the poor houses! Higher technology at higher price is easy but higher technology at lower price is what we have to think about.

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  • K Prashanth Upadhyaya, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Hearty Congratulations Mr. Royston, on your achievement and for choosing a unique topic for your project. Tidal and wind and solar energies are the few greatest gift of the nature to all of us. Still the researchers are struggling to completely make use of it because of their unsteady existence in nature. Kite will fly so nicely during the steady wind. But most of the time there wont be enough wind in the night to keep the kite flying also it keeps changing its direction. It is a challenge to use kite in this circumstance and get the required constant energy output, all the time. Any way you have taken this challenge, continue to make your project overcome all this problems, it will be great gift to this world in the form of green energy. Kudos for your initiative...

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  • Thomas , MATAPADY/MUSCAT

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Kudos to you young man. Keep it up

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  • NanuFerns, Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Congratulations on your new invention and getting the prestigious award for your efforts. God bless!

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  • Allan, Mlore/Mct

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Wonderful Royston... Wish you a great future ... An Innovative way to harness wind energy.

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  • Alexander Prashanth Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Dear Royston Castelino, It gives me immense pleasure and a proud feeling when I hear about your achievement in the field of Engineering. Energy is something we are going to be lacking in self sufficiency in the coming years. It is indeed a great innovation that you have invented by means to produce this valuable resource in the form of wind. While I wish you all the very best in this innovation and I urge you to keep on developing this innovation, make it big so that this is easily accessible and implemented as a substitute for the other expensive modes of energies that are currently being used. I am sure your parents and family are extremely proud of this achievement and so do I. I wish you all the best.

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  • Sr.Rose Agnes A.c., Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    You have made India proud Roshan ! You have truly brought 'Winds of Change' God bless You.
    Sr.Rose Agnes A.C.

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  • Divya D'Souza, Mudipu

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Congratulations.....a great achievement............all the very best......

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  • gm, mlur

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Congrats Roystan.

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 22 2016

    Congratulations Royston, for your valuable invention.

    Similarly, shortly we will be able to see moving 20 people by using a single bicycle.

    It will prove that the huge deadweight of commuters and goods on wheels can be used as a powerful pushing force.

    This will lead to a Revolutionary Change in the Surface Transport Sector to see a World of Difference.

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  • Lawrence, Parappu Nakre Road

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Congratulations….We proud of you ……Wish you all the best

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  • Alwyn Dsouza,Shirthady, Shirthady

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    We are proud of you dear Roysten for your great achievement

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Great. Out of the box thinking. Royston Castelino has great future ahead.

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  • Maxim Albuquerque, Madanthyar

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Congratulation Roystan

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    PATANG INDIA ...

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  • Alvin, Nakre

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Congratulations Roystan.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Simple Amazing. Superb. And Congrats. Wish your project one day conceive in commercial Power Generation.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Praises & good luck to you Roy.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Electric India ...

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  • nasir, mangaluru

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    WELDONE BOY, wish good luck in future.

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  • Vasudev Prabhu, Haleangadi / Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Good project to harvest wind energy

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara/Bajjodi/Mumbai/Doha Qatar

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Congratulations ! Roystan By Hard work you achieved this. Credit goes to your parents and the Teachers of the College. ! Great work Keep it up. Genius people are not born but made.We are proud of you and your success!

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  • rose, mlore dubai

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    congrats dear....

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  • cletus lobo, Alake/mangalore

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    congratulations on winning the award & wish u continued success always

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  • Ivan Fernandes, Ashoknagar / Dubai

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Congratulations Roystan. Patent it and develop a portable vehicle that can generate energy on demand. All the best.

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  • Melwin, Roma

    Mon, Mar 21 2016

    Hats Off to the young innovator!!

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