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‘Phunsukh Wangdu’ Develops Solar Heated Tent For Indian Army For Cold Regions Like Galwan

If you have watched the movie ‘3 Idiots,’ you must be knowing who Phunsukh Wangdu is. The character played by Amir Khan in the movie, if you didn’t know, is inspired by a real-life character that goes by the name Sonam Wangchuk. The man has so many discoveries to his name with the latest one being solar heated tents that will ease out the life of Army personnel guarding India at extremely cold places like Siachen and Galwan valley in the Ladakh region.

Mr Wangchuk said that these, one of the kind tents, will not only ensure safety and warmth to the jawans but also take care of nature.

“This tent uses the solar energy trapped during day time to keep the soldiers’ sleeping chamber warm during night. Since there is no use of fossil fuel, it saves on money and also is emission free,” he said.

The best part about the tents is that the temperature inside can be increased and decreased on wish by the corresponding increase or decrease in insulation layers.

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“The sleeping chamber has four layers of insulation and it gave a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius at a time when outside temperature was minus 14 degrees Celsius. The number of layers can be reduced for warmer places,” he added.

However, he warned that the temperature inside the tents should not be kept to cosy as it might bar-away the solider from the readiness to fight in such cold temperatures. His invoation might have come into the limelight amidst the standoff in the Galawn valley between the Indian and Chinese soldiers, however, he tells that he had first made such solar heated tents 15 years ago for shepherds in the region.

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The tent is lightweight and can accommodate as many as 10 soldiers. “No component of the tent weighs more than 30 kg which makes it easily portable. The tent is disassembled into 30 to 40 components,” he said.

Mr Wangchuk on Friday visited Zojila Top test a “crazy idea” of making low coat ice tunnwlfor keeping the approach road to Zojila tunnel open.

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“It will save 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide and crores annually,” he said, while asking his one million subscribers on YouTube channel to “stay tuned for the video”.

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