India’s representatives for the Henkel Innovation Challenge 2013

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henkel-international-competition Aditya Yadav and Harshvardhan Pande are winners of the National Henkel Innovation Challenge 6.

They will represent India in the global finals, which will be held in Shanghai and will see participation of students from 27 countries.

The competition, themed ‘Triple the value you create. Create a sustainable world’ saw 800 registrations which were narrowed down to 10 for the finals. College students were asked to develop a concept for a product or technology for the year 2050.

Aditya and Harshvardhan, both electronics and communication engineering students of SRM University,have invented an illuminating adhesive.

 In an interview to The Free Press Journal, they have explained their innovative illuminating adhesive. Here is an excerpt:

“When we thought of the challenges of 2050, we thought of several resources, like water, electricity etc. And harnessing all of them would require energy. So, we wanted to create a solution that combats a common problem,”

Pande was inspired by the radium in his watch that glows in the dark. So the duo decided to carry forward this inspiration for a larger purpose.They started working on developing a low-cost product that would emit light after absorbing it. Since radium is radioactive,they couldn’t  use it. They researched for an alternative that would be environmentally safe and would be able to absorb light from any source with the capacity of emitting it in darkness.

They worked on prototypes in various shapes, including a rod, a tile and a crystalline structure. “Our tile was kept out in sunlight for about five minutes, and once it was brought inside, it glowed continuously for over an hour. This shows the success of the products,” said Yadav, informing that this technology could be used for streetlights, in lounges, discotheques, high ways, buildings as well as homes.

Their idea is based on a simple adhesive quality. Their product is stuck to a white reflective base with a rough surface, and it will charge itself under any type of light. According to the team, which calls itself the Radicals, the light has a capacity to glow for 15 hours if sufficiently charged. They also inform that this can be a cost-effective solution for the pavements and roads as well, since it is much cheaper than what is being used today.

We wish them all the best for the global finals.Hope their hard work pays off!

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