A new low-cost powerless heating system which can be activated by plain water anytime anywhere and does not require any fuel or electricity to heat or power it, can act as a heating solution in any location, Ministry of Science & Technology said in a statement on Friday.
Lack of heating sources in remote places with no access or uncertain access to power sources is an inconvenience faced by many, especially in remote rural areas in the country.
Dr Sumer Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Design, IIT Delhi along with his research team addressed this with a technology that works on chemical energy. It is called ‘Powerless Heating Technology’.
The active heating element consists of a mixture of eco-¬friendly minerals and salts, which generates exothermic energy resulting in heat in contact with water. This provides enough energy to raise the temperature of any food or beverage by 60 to 70 degree Celsius. The weight of the heater is only 50 grams, and after every heating, the by-product (natural mineral rock) inside the heating pad can be disposed of. The rock helps in improving the fertility of the soil and is 100 per cent biodegradable, the ministry said.
With this technology, users can heat ready-to-eat food, make instant noodles, and any beverage like tea, and coffee, among other food. The by-product of the heating process is a natural mineral that easily integrates into the soil without any toxic effects.
North East Center for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), an autonomous body under the Department of Science Technology, Government of India, supported Dr Singh and his team to develop a food box and a liquid container that can be integrated with the Powerless Heating Technology. They have used it to develop containers which can heat food and beverages on demand.
These products will be of great use to military personnel, tourists, and office-goers in the northeast. This powerless heating system eliminates the need for burning forest wood for heating purposes, thus also reducing forest fires, which is a major problem in the north¬ eastern parts of the country. The prototypes were successfully developed and tested. Several FMCG companies are keen to launch it in the market, the statement reads.
Anchiale Technologies, a Gurgaon-based spin-off startup, is scaling up this technology and has started supplying it to the Indian Navy and some food manufacturing companies. A patent for the technology has been filed. A nondisclosure agreement (NDA) has been signed with the ITC for the integration of this technology in their food products, the ministry further said.
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