Solar windows made from rotten vegetables wins first James Dyson Award for Sustainability

An invention made from rotten fruits and vegetables can be applied on windows to produce electricity.

Invented by 27-year-old engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue, from the Mapua University in Manila, the solar windows can convert the Sun’s ultra-violet light into electricity. The Aureus System Technology (AuREUS) uses a thin material that can be attached to window glasses and it will be able to generate electricity even if the sky is cloudy.

“Aureus is impressive in the way it makes sustainable use of waste crops but I’m particularly impressed by Carvey’s resolve and determination,” James Dyson, the founder of the Dyson technology company, said.

Maigue was inspired by the lenses on his polaroid sunglasses, which darkened even on cloudy days. “I understood that even when it is cloudy and rainy, ultraviolet light still reaches us. Conventional solar panels can’t absorb ultraviolet light and that is what my invention provides a solution for,” Maigue told the National News.

According to early tests, AuREUS can potentially produce electricity 48 per cent of the time. That is a huge jump from regular solar panels.

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