KPIT Sparkle is an innovation platform that allows the youth to make an impact in the field of automotive software and nurture talent for the evolving mobility ecosystem
KPIT has announced the winners of KPIT Sparkle 2020, an annual national-level contest that cultivates a culture of innovation by inspiring students from various fields to identify and solve real-life problems by designing new technology-enabled solutions. The teams with 30 best ideas, shortlisted from over 3,000 entries across India, presented transformative solutions in mobility and energy for KPIT Sparkle 2020 with a theme “Mobility and Energy for the Future.”
Team Detox from the Army Institute of Technology, Pune won the gold award for designing a modified vertical axis wind turbine, inspired by an airplane nose design, that increases the efficiency in extracting energy from the turbine. The system has six nose structures, each separated by cavities to let the channelised air through from one side to the other, resulting in a reduction of opposite drag force to give a net efficiency of 22.3%.
Team Vortex from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, won the silver award for designing a novel technology to harvest renewable energy from hydrokinetic energy by taming vortex-induced vibrations, which are otherwise traditionally considered as destructive. Team ZincAir from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru also won the silver award for designing a bi-functional material for making the eco-friendly rechargeable zinc-air battery for electric vehicles more efficient.
Ravi Pandit, Chairman, KPIT Technologies, said, KPIT Sparkle facilitates the academia and the industry to join forces and promote innovation with solutions led by new talent.