Thera gets patent for solar-powered vehicle

2018-02-22 09:30:20

The chief incumbent of the International Meditation Centre at Rathmalkanda Aranyaya (hermitage) in Kitthalella, Bandarawela Ven. Madawala Upali Thera has received the patent license for his invention of solar-power operated motor vehicle.

A unique feature of this vehicle is that there is no emission of carbon dioxide and sulpher dioxide to the environment, thereby helping to minimise air pollution and reduce global warming, according to the thera.

This vehicle will be helpful to persons who have difficulty in walking as well as those who are looking for a cost efficient mode of transport that can get them from A to B. The vehicle, with a maximum speed of 30 kmph, can accommodate two passengers.

Before entering the Buddhist order the thera was a science teacher and while he is unlikely to abandon the order and leave the priesthood, he enjoys experimenting. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

  Comments - 28

  • Lawry Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:26

    Very refreshing indeed. We associate Buddhist priests with knowledge, since that is what they should represent. All praise and compliments to this priest for demonstrating how well ptiests can serve their society.

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    Scooby Doo Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:46

    Yes, Every priest should take this as an example. Well done!

    Reply : 9       142

    Thassim Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:26

    Well done! Not sure if it will be practical but we be supportive

    Reply : 14       108

    Eng. M.V.R.Perera Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:29

    is his vehicle generator charging the Solar Panel

    Reply : 86       13

    Siva Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:30

    Hope the priest is assisted to have an international patent and importantly a patent registered in the US. If not someone somewhere is going to reproduce the bike and even register the patent in his name in the US

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    Bon Bon Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:39

    Well done Thera! Wish u all da best. Good to hear ur into science and not to politics...

    Reply : 2       115

    Selva Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:54

    Mature people with world experience like this priest should be encouraged to become priests instead of recruiting kids to enter the priesthood.

    Reply : 8       80

    malij Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:31

    A refreshing change. A far cry from the monks who engage in politics and bring Buddhism to disrepute.

    Reply : 2       81

    Mohomad Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:32

    All kind of solar powered vehicles discovered long ago and now you can buy also but it is impracticable to put in consumer market except battery ridden electric vehicle.

    Reply : 45       19

    carlafer Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:35

    So whats new about solar powered vehicles

    Reply : 49       24

    gamaati Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:18

    a vehicle to nirvana ?

    Reply : 80       21

    Sunil Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:46

    Excellent . I am a Catholic. This is an example to our nation, our mother country. Those who invent new innovative things, will be taken its advantage by foreign countries to develop a SOLAR CAR without CO2 and SO2. I do not know, why our Prez and PM do not get its advantage by having a agreement with a foreign country to build cars, iphones, tabs ect. in Sri Lanka (FDI-Foreign Direct Investment)

    Reply : 10       58

    Paramanathan K Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:53

    An exemplary effort by a priest to save this planet. Well done Swamynanse.In Srilanka there are over 7 million petrol/diesel automobiles running burning nearly 1 billion litres of fuel every month.

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    Kathir Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:59

    Awesome!. Lord Buddha blesses him to do more inventions! Nation is proud of him.

    Reply : 7       43

    Sanjee Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:07

    Very much inspiring......we can invent and innovate locally.

    Reply : 1       23

    Lankaputha Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:14

    Proud of you. Hope others too will fallow his foot step and help the nation. A big thank you.

    Reply : 1       28

    Ahamed Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:30

    God bless him.

    Reply : 3       29

    dickie bird Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:44

    Thera..... You are a role model to all Priests, Clergy Religious and Nuns.May the Blessings of the Triple gem be with you and guide you always.

    Reply : 4       23

    ralahamy Friday, 23 February 2018 07:09

    Every Sri Lankan will salute this selfless effort regardless of race, religion or language. The Government should help to get patent rights, explore possibilities to develop as priority. Sadly though, the minister supposed to be taking care of this type scientific discoveries is mired in dirty politics to serve His master. May be he is deaf, dumb and Blind in this matter.

    Reply : 1       15

    George Friday, 23 February 2018 07:40

    Today priests, cops and customs officers are the richest and corrupt. Iam happy at least this person wants to do good something good with his collection.

    Reply : 5       10

    Ajja Friday, 23 February 2018 08:15

    This is much more useful than decorating and building mansions within temples.Government should help the thero to give his technical know how to the young generation.

    Reply : 1       16

    Dhammika Friday, 23 February 2018 13:57


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    Lalithe Friday, 23 February 2018 15:37

    Very happy and inspiring news to hear. May this become commercially successful !

    Reply : 1       9

    Vin Friday, 23 February 2018 16:23

    This is news!!!

    Reply : 1       6

    kamal Saturday, 24 February 2018 17:10

    Lord Buddha said do good to the humanity and mother nature, people who don't know Lord Buddha's teachings only critisise. It is GREAT.

    Reply : 0       8

    Mohamed Azmi Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:04

    Ven Thera, Its a very encouraging news and an achievement. Technological developments are the back borne of today's every society who are developed countries. May GOD give you more knowledge and courage to achieve many more success and share your knowledge to the next generation.

    Reply : 0       7

    Ammk Monday, 26 February 2018 07:00

    Great achievement indeed! The government should play a pivotal role now to further develop the car. Ven Thera,I wish you all the best!

    Reply : 0       3

    depaul Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:44

    I am an engineer and I can tell you this won't work in this form. Please send someone qualified to check it out.

    Reply : 1       0

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