Passion to innovate things for benefiting the society drove a 34-year old engineer from Chennai to devise a novel system to generate pure drinking water from the atmosphere through the process of biomimicry. Spare a few minutes to appreciate his initiative…
Kumar Loganathan has been a curious and intelligent student since childhood. “When I was 4, I was fascinated by policemen, who controlled traffic by a mere movement of their hands. At 6, I was in awe of the magnificent eagle, which flew at great altitudes and swooped to pick up its prey with precise aim,” Kumar told chalgenius.com.
“When I was 12, I was a volunteer at school to help blind people walk. Most childish fantasies such as these are left behind as we rush into the rat race. However, I was able to fulfil each of my dreams. I created machines that could perform each of these features,”
Kumar has done BE in mechanical engineering from Anna university, MSc in Psychology and Geoinformatics from Annamalai University and PhD in science.
The birth of Elbow
November 2006 saw the birth of ‘Elbow’ by a team of 8 engineering students and 1 medical student from different colleges and fields. Headed by Kumar, the team’s objective was to construct innovative projects that would benefit society.
Curiosity leads to innovation
While travelling by bus at a young age, Kumar noticed the bus driver was staring at an object on the road and his inattention caused a minor accident. The observation of his behaviour led him into developing an automated brake system activated by the driver’s eye movements, which was Kumar’s first patent, at the age of 20.
Invention of atmospheric water generator
“I was in the US when a severe flood hit Chennai and there was an acute water crisis. I then decided to come up with a device that could address the drinking water problem,” he said.
Incubated at IIM Calcutta, this invention relates to the production of clean water. The object is to provide a system, which enables the generation of pure water from the moisture in the atmosphere. It is cost-effective and generates higher output with less electricity. Kumar filed a patent for this invention on 29 March 2019.
How the machine works?
“Air is the second-largest source of water in the world. Our device utilizes this untapped potential to produce pure drinking water anywhere with Relative Humidity as low as 20%. The device works by drawing in air, after which condensation of vapour takes place inside a specially designed patented loop technology which has the ability to harness water even in adverse climatic conditions,” explained Kumar. This product won first place in TATA Social Enterprise Challenge in January 2018 at IIM Calcutta.
For the society
Elbow Engineers donated atmospheric water generators to a couple of Government Schools in Chennai and its outskirts for providing clean drinking water from the air. Kumar plans to use his device in West Bengal and Maharashtra for producing clean drinking water from contaminated water bodies.
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