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Design and Fabrication of a Solar Power Operated Cooking Device for Softening of Tasar Cocoons


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1 Post Cocoon Technology Section, Central Tasar Research & training Institute, Central Silk Board, Nagri, Ranchi 835 303, India
2 Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110 016, India
3 Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, New Delhi 110 003, India
4 National Institute of Solar Energy, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Gurugram 122 003, India
 

A cooking device has been designed and fabricated, by which tasar cocoons can be softened as per standard procedure using solar power plant generated electricity. Cooking efficiency of tasar cocoons remains at par with existing processand no difference of single cocoon reeling parameters and reeling performance softened by newly developed cooking device is observed. Due to difference of solar radiation in different seasons, the cost of cooking/softening varies between Rs. 50/- and Rs. 58/-, while using this device. Although, there is no difference in cooking cost as compared to normal/grid electricity consumption, but 17-30% expenditure can be reduced as compared to existing firewood usage. Utilization of preheated water from solar geyser enhances saving of energy by 12-55% vis-à-vis normal supply of water. In addition to cost effectiveness, this device also reduces the environmental pollution as compared to softening of cocoons using firewood.

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Bi-voltine, Cocoon cooking device, Epprouvette, Solar power, Tasar cocoon
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Authors

Z. M. S. Khan
Post Cocoon Technology Section, Central Tasar Research & training Institute, Central Silk Board, Nagri, Ranchi 835 303, India
Debasis Chattopadhyay
Post Cocoon Technology Section, Central Tasar Research & training Institute, Central Silk Board, Nagri, Ranchi 835 303, India
Sameer Kumar Behera
Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110 016, India
Anil Kumar
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, New Delhi 110 003, India
Umakant Sahu
National Institute of Solar Energy, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Gurugram 122 003, India

Abstract


A cooking device has been designed and fabricated, by which tasar cocoons can be softened as per standard procedure using solar power plant generated electricity. Cooking efficiency of tasar cocoons remains at par with existing processand no difference of single cocoon reeling parameters and reeling performance softened by newly developed cooking device is observed. Due to difference of solar radiation in different seasons, the cost of cooking/softening varies between Rs. 50/- and Rs. 58/-, while using this device. Although, there is no difference in cooking cost as compared to normal/grid electricity consumption, but 17-30% expenditure can be reduced as compared to existing firewood usage. Utilization of preheated water from solar geyser enhances saving of energy by 12-55% vis-à-vis normal supply of water. In addition to cost effectiveness, this device also reduces the environmental pollution as compared to softening of cocoons using firewood.

Keywords


Bi-voltine, Cocoon cooking device, Epprouvette, Solar power, Tasar cocoon

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