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Nineth Hackathon in the Reboot Kerala Hackathon 2020 series comes to an End and Newman College, Thodupuzha an Arts college team emerges as the winners of the hackathon based on Energy.

The ninth hackathon in the Reboot Kerala Hackathon series conducted in online mode to solve the problems of the energy department of the state has come to an end on August 9th. Team Sharewave Magnets from Newman College Thodupuzha emerges as the winners of this hackathon. Hon'ble Minister for Electricity Sri M M Mani shared his message with the students as part of the valedictory function. Hon'ble Principal Secretary for Higher Education, Dr Usha Titus IAS announced the winners.

KTU Vice Chancellor Shri Rajasree M S, ASAP CEO Dr Veena N Madhavan IAS, Energy Management Centre Director, Dr R Harikumar, Greenturn Clean and Waste to Energy Private Ltd Director & Founder Dr Vivek Kuthanazhi, ASAP Additional Secretary Shri Remesh T, Shri. Abdul Jabbar Ahammed, Hackathon Organising Secretary and ASAP officials apart from student contestants witnessed the event.

While delivering the message to the students, Sri M M Mani observed that only 30% of energy that the state requires is only produced in our state and it is high time that we should reduce energy loss and we should explore more methods and ways of energy production.

More than 20 teams participated in this online hackathon and they all expressed their happiness in participating in the first ever online hackathon in the Reboot Kerala Hackathon series.

The prize winner details are given below:

1st Prize: Team Sharewave Magnets - Newman College Thodupuzha - Developed an app that identifies the best locations for solar panels on your roof, and then provides detailed data about potential power bill savings. Used imagery to analyze the roof shape, roof area and local weather patterns to create a personalized solar plan and recommendation. Adjusted a household’s electric bill to fine-tune their savings estimate and the recommended number of solar panels for their home needs. Compared loan, lease and purchase options for solar panels based on the results and identify/find panel sellers nearby based on a person’s location. India is endowed with vast solar energy potential. From an energy security perspective, solar is the most secure of all sources, since it is abundantly available. Harnessing Renewable sources of energy is the need of the hour. There is a lot of Emphasis and focus to utilize the vast renewable energy in our day to day energy use and rely less on conventional energy. India has now set a new target of achieving 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Govt. Schemes are being launched for providing help on this and also provision of subsidies to promote solar energy usage in homes. People are being incentivized with generation-based incentives.

2nd Prize: Team Blitzkrieg - Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology, Trivandrum - Developed a system to track factors such as amount of inlet of water, amount of energy generated, amount of energy distributed, amount of energy remaining, amount of energy consumed by the users in daily basis and the system should predict the amount of energy that may be consumed by the consumers for a particular period based on the consumption pattern whether conditions etc. Thus, the system helps the authorities to manage the resources in a better, judicious and effective manner. The process of energy generation at the power stations connected to dams is a continuous process. Currently the power stations do not have a mechanism to track the amount of energy remaining for supply to consumers after each day which leads to wastage of power.

3rd Prize: Team Abyudhaya - Amritha Vishwa Vidhyapeedam, Kollam - Developed a system for detecting corrosion, line break and conductor snapping through AI or Drones and an alert mechanism for sending information to the immediately concerned authorities. Powerline breaking is an issue that causes problems for the KSEB in terms of providing uninterrupted power supply to the households. The line breakage could be due to natural factors such as corrosion or due to other reasons like high winds, falling trees, etc.