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Solar heated mud huts

Solar heated mud huts

In the wake of alternative energy resources, solar energy is gaining wide popularity all over the world. Here is an innovation in the field of solar energy.

Soldiers have to spend their life in a cold environment due to their shelters being situated at a high altitude. As a result, they need heating resources to keep their homes hot.

Currently, diesel, kerosene or firewood are being used by the Indian army for heating as their stations are situated at 12,000 feet above sea level in the hilly areas like Ladakh.

The above resources are not just expensive but also are the cause for the pollution.


In this scenario, an innovator from Ladakh found a solution for this problem.

Sonam Wangchuk, the person of the ice stupa fame, developed a pre-fabricated solar heated mud hut.

He used solar energy which is cost-effective as well as emits less pollution than traditional heating methods.

His innovation needs less external heating. These solar-heated mud huts are movable and can be assembled on the spot which are perfect to meet the shelter requirements of army.

The temperature inside the hut will be 20 degrees Celsius even though it is minus 20 degrees Celsius without any heating. Hence, the heating cost is zero.

The buildings will be oriented south in order to maximize the exposure to the sun so that the passive heating of the buildings is increased.

The Indian Army will use these constructions in the next financial year after the success of a few pilot projects.

Sonam Wangchuk is also going to setup complete solar heated mud-house constructions at the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives (HIAL).

The School of Business at the University is intended to run real-life companies on campus. School of Education runs innovative schools.

The revenues through these projects will support the university so that the students receive free higher education as well as hands-on experience.

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