FROM PLANT WASTE TO PANELS: SOLAR ENERGY ON A CLOUDY DAY

We’ve all heard the common critique of solar power, ‘what happens on a cloudy day?’ electrical engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue is developing an innovative and sustainable answer, recognizing that while reducing some of the sun’s UV rays, they don’t block all of them. dubbed AuReus, this new solar panel harvests the unseen ultraviolet (UV) light which can make it through dense cloud coverage.

According to Maigue, preliminary testing shows that the AuReus solar panel can produce energy nearly 50 percent of the time compared to the 15 to 22 percent of standard solar panels. Maigue has been named the James Dyson awards first-ever global sustainability winner for his aureus system.

Solar Panels Made from Plant Waste

BIOLUMINESCENT PARTICLES CONVEY UV LIGHT INTO VISIBLE LIGHT

besides producing energy without direct sunlight, the AuReus solar panels have a doubly sustainable element — they are created from recycled plant waste. Carvey Ehren Maigue extracts luminescent particles from fruits and vegetables — the particles which absorb the ultraviolet rays from the sun and turn them into visible light. through the use of these absorbent particles, a new type of solar film was created which is able to convey the ultraviolet rays into visible light, generating electricity.

Article originally published by Designboom


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