COMPUTER MODEL OF OUR BIOGAS POWERED TRI-CYCLE
The design incorporates the simplicity of a bicycle and the power of a motor cycle to derive a simple, low cost yet elegant with a head turner effect. This will not only attract the users, but also the people who see it
PROTOTYPE TESTING 8th Jan, 2016
Banda Vegetable and fruit Market is about 1km away from our Work space (Kyambogo University Mechanical Engineering Workshop). As a team, we took the Idea (50% functional) to the market vendors and farmers in this market and we were overwhelm with the Feed back.
-Many people liked the idea and they asked God to bless us as we complete the project and also get First class when we complete our studies.
-Major concern is affordability, several people said they would buy it if at the end of it all its 100% functional and cheaper than tri-cycle that is in the market now.
-Mr. Oketa, a Farmer a bout 10Km away from the Market said him alone may not be able to buy, but he can mobilize his friends, fund-raise and together buy one that they can share (this gave us another idea how to structure our business models to consider group ownership and partner with farmers SACCOs ).
-Another idea that came up during the interaction is to consider developing the refrigerated cabin separately as a different project with different sizes (Small and Medium sizes). The Advantage is that those who already own bicycles and motor bicycles can just buy the refrigerated cabin at a cheaper prize and just attach it to their bicycle or motor bicycles.
PROTOTYPING (Building tri-cycle chasis oct 18, 2015)
After explaining our idea to the Head of Mechanical Engineering department, we were offered to use the Foundry workshop (Kyambogo University). This became our work space for joining materials and testing technical aspects of the design.
Two weeks to Christmas, the university closed for a break and the workshops were closed too. We change our work space from the Workshop to our hostel Backyard, it was amazing celebrating Christmas as you stretch your hand a litle bit to do something on the first prototype
RESEARCH (A visit to Kyambades' Farm outside Kampala city 5th Oct, 2015)
Kyambade is a small scale Vegetable and fruit farmer. An interview with him helped us to understand the challenge of transporting fruits and vegetables from the farm to the market, from a farmers perspective. Kyambade says that when the fruits or vegetables are ready to be harvested, most time the middle men are the ones who hire small trucks or motor- cycle to come and pick the harvest from the garden. As for him, he doesn't have enough money to acquire a good transportation means. Since the middle men gets the harvest from the farm direct, they always have a higher bargaining power than the farmer leaving the farmers with little option and little income.
RESEARCH (A visit to Kalerwe 29th Sept, 2015)
. Kalerwe market deliveries. 70% of fleets to the market carrying vegetables and fruits are by Bicycles and motor cycles