(The Gist of Science Reporter) Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields
(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields
Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields
IIT Kharagpur develops Solar-powered Pest Control System for Smaller Farm Fields.
The system comprises a propelling unit fitted with a liquid storage tank, a DC motor operated pump to pressurize the liquid to be sprayed. Multiple numbers of spray nozzles are mounted on a boom fitted to the front of the machine to cover wider width at a time.
A set of solar-powered battery act as the power source of the DC motor to propel the spraying unit as well as for running the pump.
Unlike a knapsack sprayer, the liquid storage tank is of bigger capacity and it is carried on a solar-powered three-wheeler trolley.
An operator is required to control the movement of the spraying unit. A simple arrangement has been provided to vary the height of spraying (i.e., nozzle height from the ground) to carryout spraying for different heights of crops.
Solar panels are mounted on top of the machine to provide continuous power supply during operation through the Maximum Power Point Tracker controller and it also provides shade to the operator during spraying in the field.