News ID: 139318
Published: 1027 GMT April 11, 2016

Iranian inventor makes robot for digging deep wells

Iranian inventor makes robot for digging deep wells

By Sadeq Dehqan & Katayoon Dashti

Morteza Shirmohammadi is a young inventor who has managed to earn top titles by registering 22 inventions.

The 35-year-old inventor has invented a robot for forge welding and pipe cutting.

Now, Shirmohammadi is involved in research to generate renewable energies.

In an interview with Iran Daily, Shirmohammadi spoke about his inventions. Excerpts follow:



IRAN DAILY: Please tell us more about your inventions.

MORTEZA SHIRMOHAMMADI: I registered 22 inventions in the fields of mechanics, production of home appliances, auto parts, and robots during 2006-2009.

I registered a plan to make a robot in 2006 which can be useful in drilling oil wells. I took part in global contests and won two bronze medals in international competitions in Nurnberg (Germany) and Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and one silver medal in the 2008 competitions in Genève, Switzerland.



How did you become interested in inventing?

I was interested in conducting research and using various devices since childhood. But the idea of invention came to me during my years in the university.

Although I graduated in civil engineering, my inventions pertain to mechanics.



Please elaborate on the application of the robot you have made for deep wells.

These robots are applied inside the wells. They can be used for mechanic researches, the classification of soil and the walls of the well through sampling and photography.

The robot conducts operations in the forms of tests, geological research, and the existence of fault lines. The robot can be applied in dangerous wells (instead of manpower), oxygen-free wells, and wells which have toxic gases. The remote-control robot is also used for welding, pipe cutting, and repairing the pipes.



How did you get the idea of making robots?

I watched a movie showing an incident involving mine workers. They were trapped in the mine. Rescue workers had to dig another well to help them and this took a lot of time.  I think the idea of digging another well was wrong because it was time-consuming and it was not economical.

Therefore I thought of repairing and modernizing the well-digging devices.



Can the government help the inventors?

Bureaucracy bothers us so much. I think a special budget should be set aside for extending loans to inventors. Since inventors generate science, their projects can bring in revenues.



What is your plan for the future?

Currently, I am involved in producing renewable energies and systems which can produce free energy from renewable sources. Today, I am concentrating on magnetic energies.


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