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January 25th, 2011 - View Comments

Solar Powered Wheelchair Haidar Taleb, a 47 year old man from UAE, displayed a rare combination of human spirit and willpower when he took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair that he has built for himself which runs on solar power. Being a person with polio since the age of 4 has not stopped him from taking up this challenge on this wheelchair, a piece of technological innovation.

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World Records In Haidar’s Name.
Since this is not the first time Haider has taken up such journey on his solar powered wheel chair, he will have more than one record in his name once he finishes this tour. These include,

  • Entering Guinness Book of World Records by traveling 80 miles during a 14-hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah at a speed of 12 mph on a solar-powered wheelchair.
  • Making his own record better by 200 miles, mentioned above on the same wheel chair.

Aim of the journey
Haider says, “By taking-up this journey, I want to raise awareness about disability and tell people that we, despite our disability can achieve anything as an individual, if we are determined to try and have courage to do so.” With this journey Haider also wants to send out a message to other persons with disabilities like him, who have mobility problem. He wants to tell them, “There are no obstructions because you can do as you think. Given a chance, persons with disabilities can perform miracles.”

During the course of his journey, Haider will share the above message to inspire everyone when he talks to both disabled and non-disabled people in schools, colleges and centers working for the disabled.

Promoting eco friendly wheelchairs
With this journey, Haidar has helped to promote eco friendly wheelchairs. He says, “This journey was important in the sense that through it, apart from encouraging persons with disabilities in general, I have shown the world that solar-powered wheel-chair are important and they can change the lives of persons with mobility problems.”

The journey that Haider took on with the help of the eco-friendly device was sponsored by Masdar. It is a project to encourage detailed research into alternative energy solutions. It is hoped that the invention of solar-powered wheelchair and the message Haidar has given, will have a far reaching effects.

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  • Pete

    If he; “took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair”

    and he; “Making his own record better by 200 miles, mentioned above”

    Then I guess he wasn’t too successful before.

    Still impressive though.

  • Ralph

    It would be a good thing to see a swappable battery component for these chairs that could be trickle charged using solar energy. These batteries would be available everywhere that a disabled person could travel (stores, restaurants etc.)

    The swappable battery would cover times when the sun is not available for power. It would be a good thing if the United Nations where involved so that a universal charging/running voltage could be standardized.

    In the interest of “clean energy”, it would be a good thing for the manufacturers of this type of chair to follow the lead of the Ford Focus. They have a solar powered factory component with a battery back up system. They also use plenty of robotics for assembly. In effect you have sun powered robotics. This method achieves multiple clean energy goals and keeps the manufacturing “cost” on a par with the Chinese.

  • Bill Albert

    Congratulations on a job well done.

  • dhiwahar

    He is a real engineer. Great well done sir.

  • John Furze

    an inspiration and a role model for all – many congratulations

  • Jannie Zite

    This invention is quite interesting as well as a successful one as it can help the world. May be later man will create cars with solar power. It will revolutionized our planet. Thus avoiding our planet from dangers such as global warning. But if there is no sun how will this invention work?Can we only depend on the sun?

  • DvaE

    thats so cool
    i cant wait until everything is solar powered and we don’t have to use anymore gas powered anything!
    what a perfect world it would be

    theres more than enough solar energy to go around
    every minute the sun lets off enough energy to power the entire world for a day! Wow!

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