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Indian Engineer Naveen Rabelli travels on Solar Powered Tuk-tuk from India to UK

Naveen Rabelli, a 35-year-old engineer has travelled 6200 miles on his solar-powered tuk-tuk from India to the UK

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  • Indian engineer Naveen Rabelli turns heads in the UK with his solar powered vehicle tuk-tuk
  • Rabelli travelled 6200 miles from India crossing multiple countries on his way to reach England
  • The tuk-tuk is an amazing invention for an example of low-cost vehicle powered with renewable energy

Sept 18, 2016: Indian engineer Naveen Rabelli, 35 has reached London and is stunning people at the Exhibition of ‘Low Carbon Vehicle’ in the UK. His pride and India’s proud showcase is the solar-powered tuk-tuk that he travelled on crossing about 6200 miles from India.

The Journey-

He started this bizarre adventurous journey on last February in 2015, with an initiative of raising awareness of solar-charged and electric automobiles as an option low-cost sustainable substitutive mode of transport, reported the Guardian.

He did face troubles in his race of 14,000 kilometres when his wallet and the passport were stolen in France. He hit Dover in England later than he had anticipated because of the delay due to the theft after crossing through 13 countries including Turkey, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Greece. He wishes to end his remarkable journey at the Buckingham Palace.

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Rabelli’s Struggle on the Road-

The beautifully and subtly furnished tuk-tuk is a thing of wonder indeed. It includes basic comforts stuff like a bed, a cupboard of food received from donations of people on the way, a co-passenger seat and a cooker powered by solar energy. On this journey, he had to go through a lot adjusting to a life on the wheels, bathing in the rivers and lakes and relying mostly on food donations, mentioned theindiandiaspora.com.

Rabelli said that he came up with this innovative idea while stuck in traffic with his friend in a usual busy traffic-jam of India with multiple polluting and noisy tuk-tuks around.

Low carbon vehicle. Flickr
Low carbon vehicle. Flickr

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The tuk-tuk is not only turning heads of top car makers and the participants at the exhibition in Millbrook, England; but it has gained interest of many a people from Germany and Switzerland, to use the model of the tuk-tuk in future automobiles.

The beautiful and trendy looking red and yellow tuk-tuk could also be on its way of receiving a permanent address at a famous museum in England.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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France Takes Steps to Shift to More Renewables For Energy

France Takes First Steps to Reduce Nuclear Energy Dependence

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In this picture the nuclear plant in Fessenheim, eastern France. VOA

By Lisa Bryant

France, the world’s most nuclear energy-dependent nation, is taking its first steps to shift to more renewables to power up. This is the latest news.

On Saturday, the country begins a gradual shutdown of its aging Fessenheim plant. The move fits into the government’s broader energy strategy to reduce French dependence on nuclear energy from supplying three-quarters of its electricity to about half by 2035.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the plant’s first reactor will be closed Saturday, and the second in June.

Another dozen reactors must close by 2035 to meet the phase-down target. The plan also sees France closing its remaining coal plants, and moving to renewables like solar and wind to close the energy gap and help fight climate change. For Charlotte Mijeon, spokesperson for anti-nuclear group Sortir du nucléaire, the Fessenheim shutdown is welcome news — but not enough.

France Nuclear Plant
A sticker is photographed on a helmet of an employee of Fessenheim’s nuclear power plant opposing the closure, during a protest outside the EDF headquarters in Paris, France. VOA

“It’s great that it’s eventually closed; however, we fear that Fessenheim is something like the tree hiding the forest,” she said. “The government is closing one nuclear power plant, but it should not make us forget that the rest of the nuclear fleet is aging.”

France has 58 nuclear power plants, thanks to an energy strategy dating back to the 1970s oil crisis. Supporters say nuclear energy is a clean way to fight climate change while also meeting national energy needs.

But critics say the plants have received billions in subsidies and nuclear lobbies are powerful, making it harder for renewables to compete. And they say the remaining plants pose mounting safety concerns as they age.

“Regarding the climate emergency, we have no time left,” Mijeon said. “So we have to invest in green climate solutions, not in nuclear power, which is not only dirty, but also very expensive and slow.”

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While the reactor shutdown is a first for France, other countries, including Switzerland, Sweden and the United States, have also shut plants for a mix of budgetary, safety and environmental reasons. Neighboring Germany aims to phase out of nuclear power completely by 2022. It has been pushing for years for the shutdown of Fessenheim, which is located near its border. (VOA)