Rourkela: A 14-year-old girl from Odisha has come up with an innovative bicycle that runs on air. The bicycle, without pedals, can run up to 60km on just 10kg of compressed air pumped into a cylinder mounted on the bicycle carrier.
Tejaswani Priyadarshani, the Class-XI student of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir of Rourkela, has come up with the innovative bicycle.
The idea to develop the ‘air bike’ came in the mind of Tejaswani when she was at a bicycle-repair shop. She saw how the mechanics were using a simple air gun to detangle knots in a bicycle tyre.
“I thought if an air gun can do that, it could also run a bicycle. I discussed my idea with my father who encouraged me a lot and helped me out with equipment to carry out experiments,” said Tejaswani as reported in The Telegraph.
Both father and daughter conducted many experiments on bicycles at their home. They bought an air tank with an inlet for filling air. It was fitted with a measuring dial, a starting knob and a safety valve to release excess air.
When the knob is turned on, the air from the cylinder is transferred to the air gun placed near the paddle that rotates the gear with the help of six different blades thus setting the bicycle in motion.
Priyadarshani said similar concept can be used for a motorcycle to save petrol or diesel and it would have a larger impact on the environment.