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TEDxNITCalicut - Praveen Vettiyattil - Plan 2015 - End Farmer Suicides in India

Praveen started Sharada Solutions in Coimbatore, India to develop and commercialize pedal powered machines. He is now working on perfecting a pedal powered water lifting machine with which poor farmers living in unelectrified villages in India can lift tons of water by pedaling and irrigate their farms. He is determined to drastically reduce farmer suicides in India and the world that happens primarily because of water shortages. He wants to put his technical know-how to make this world a better place to live in. He holds a patent for an energy saving technology in lighting and has developed energy saving technologies in transportation and air conditioning. In 2009 while working as Director of Renewable Energy at Noorul Islam University, he implemented India's first automated wind turbine at a University campus that powered 30 LED street lights from wind energy alone for 8 months in an year. His pedal powered centrifugal pump was published in University of Southern California's (USC) alumni magazine in 2006. It was also shown on several TV channels and print media in Kerala. The same technology could be advanced to make a pedal powered refrigerator and pedal powered battery charger. He has worked in industry and academics in US and Asia for 14 years which includes working as quality control engineer at KLA-Tencor corporation in California. Presently he visits two engineering colleges periodically where he guides dozens of students in doing inventive engineering projects. Praveen holds a master of science in manufacturing engineering from USC and bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Calicut. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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