Siddappa Hulajogi is a farmer who lives in Nargund, in Karnataka’s Gadag district. Although he never went to school, he has designed a windmill, made of waste materials, to generate power for his farm. He uses the electricity generated by the windmill to operate a bore well in his farm and provide electricity for his and his brother’s home.
“The windmill generates power to light up 10 bulbs of 60 watts and two TV sets in my home and my brother’s,” Siddappa told DNA. Since the electricity company refused to provide electricity for his home, he wanted to generate his own electricity. The idea to build a windmill clicked him when he witnessed the efficiency of the windmills installed near his fields by private power companies.
Siddappa used waste materials to design the windmill. He fabricated the blades using tin sheets, and used wood and copper wires to make the propeller. The power generated by the windmill is stored in a battery box, which is connected to an inverter to convert the DC current in to AC for domestic usage. Siddappa is currently working on raising the height of the windmill, to increase its efficiency.
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