by Prof. Ajay Chandak of PRINCE

With the help of around 100 students of mechanical engineering from SSVPS BSD College of Engineering a solar canteen was set up by Prof. Ajay Chandak, Prof. Sham Patil and Prof. Deepak Dubey. Three SK-14, solar dish cooker, one square PRINCE design of dish cooker and one community solar cooker of 2.3 m dia. were used in the canteen. On these gadgets almost 1000 snacks were cooked and sold by the students. Staff and students of the Institute and invited guests from the city enjoyed solar food. It was fun for many to see the food being cooked in front of their eyes on the solar cookers and to taste the same. Snacks cooked and sold on large scale were Idlis and coffee. However other snacks like Khichadi, cakes etc. were also prepared for demonstration to the visitors. Many students, staff and visitors showed great interest in the solar cooking demonstrations and local manufacturer, M/s Essential Equipments, reported sales of around ten solar cookers in following two days, which is a welcome outcome of such an event.

Many students were thrilled with the experience of this event for the first time in their life and have shown great interest in organizing such events at different locations in the city, next year. Principal of the Institute Dr. Jahagirdar has promised to support such events in future.

Other programs for energy day celebrations included demonstrations of energy efficient technologies for lighting, fans and domestic appliances. All these equipments were demonstrated to visitors. Many visitors reported having changed their copper and aluminum ballasts with electronic ballasts in the following weeks. After all seeing is believing.

One workshop was also organized for local masons, hoteliers and interested people to teach them skills of installation of biogas plants working on food waste. Chairperson of PRINCE, Prof. Ajay Chandak, has given up LPG for the past four years and fuel requirement for his family comes from the solar cookers and biogas plant working on food waste. PRINCE group has come up with a special cost effective design of biogas plant. After the workshop five people have shown interest in installation of the biogas plants.




For further details contact:

Prof. Ajay Chandak. M.Tech. (Mech),
Certified Energy Auditor and Renewable Energy Consultant,
PRINCE (Promoters & Researchers In Non Conventional Energy),
Suman Foundation,
Agra Road,
DHULE: 424005,

Ph: +91-2562-271995, Cell: +91-9823033344
Email: chandak.ajay at, ajay at,