There is really exciting news on the clean energy front – solar panels which do not need direct sunlight and can be moulded into different shapes.
The AuREUS System won the James Dyson Foundation Sustainability Award in 2020.
Carvey Ehren Maigue, 29, invented these panels at Mapua University in the Philippines. He designed this material using luminescent particles from fruit and vegetable waste.
The particles absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays and turn them into visible light. When placed in a resin surface, the panels harvest this light and convert it into electricity.
Ultraviolet rays still reach us on cloudy days, so there is huge potential to use the technology in cities. By cladding walls and windows on all sides with AuREUS, buildings would become vertical solar farms.
Maigue also aims to create curved plates for electric cars, aeroplanes and boats.
Another plus point – his team upcycle farmers’ crops that are hit by natural disasters, such as typhoons.
A green invention from start to finish!