Sonam Wangchuk creates a solar-heated tent for the Indian Army

The idea of the solar-heated tents is based on old designs and it took around one month for the engineer to prepare the model of the shelter.

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Educational reformer and innovator academician Sonam Wangchuk has developed a solar-powered portable tent for Indian soldiers to stay warm in high-altitude climates.

Elaborating about the tent's insular properties, the engineer said that the tent uses only sunlight, water and insulated layers to maintain its temperature. It offers more space than the regular container cabins and also doesn't require kerosene for heating purposes and thus emits zero pollution into the environment.

According to Wangchuk, 'at present, the Indian Army in Ladakh uses around one lakh litre fuel per year for heating purposes, which emits around three lakh ton carbon dioxide'. The tent can accommodate10 soldiers at a time, also it is portable for difficult terrains and weighs less than 30 kgs.

The idea of the solar-heated tents is based on old designs and it took around one month for the engineer to prepare the model of the shelter. The tent is divided into two parts solar lounge and sleeping chambers.

Adding about the cost of the tent, Wangchuk mentioned that the making of the tent cost him around 5 Lakh and it is double in size as compared to the container cabins.