The project proposal titled REACT (Renewable Energy Access for the Conversion of Tuk-tuks), submitted to the Innovate UK – Energy Catalyst Round 9 – Early-Stage competition has been successful, and it has been chosen to receive funds from the Government of United Kingdom. Accordingly, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Surrey, and Alta Vision (Pvt) Ltd.
The aim of this competition is to accelerate the innovations needed to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Indo-Pacific regions. This will create a just and inclusive energy transition and extend the benefits of clean and affordable energy to all to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Three-wheelers are a popular mode of transportation especially within the urban areas of Sri Lanka. However, they contribute significantly towards the air pollution levels due to their high emissions. Therefore, electrification of the three-wheel provides a substantial motivation towards tackling climate change. The aim of this project is to run a feasibility study in converting conventional tuk-tuks into electric tuk-tuks and introduce a solar-powered battery subscription plan where a grid-connected solar system is expected to be installed at the Faculty of Technology premises. The preliminary outcomes of the project will enable the development of green three- wheel transportation network around the University premises. Long term project output will ensure a sustainable green energy network for transportation and enhance the power generation sector of the country. The project has been commencing since the 1st of April 2023, and will be executed for one-year duration.