Student wins global award for material that harvests renewable energy from discarded crops

  • Carvey Ehren Maigue, an electrical engineering student from MAPUA University was named the James Dyson Award’s first ever Sustainability winner
  • His invention dubbed as “AuREUS” is a material made of discarded crops that absorbs stray ultraviolet rays from the sun and turns them into renewable energy
  • Maigue’s AuREUS can be placed in panels and put on windows and walls and turn them into solar energy farms

A student from MAPUA University has been named as James Dyson Award’s first ever Sustainability winner for his invention on renewable energy from waste produce.

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Carvey Ehren Maigue, an electrical engineering student from MAPUA University has impressed the global stage for his invention on how to harvest solar energy from discarded fruits and vegetables. Maigue’s invention bested nearly 1,800 entries from all over the world.

The award is given by the foundation of James Dyson, a British inventor, industrial designer and entrepreneur. The recognition “celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.”

Maigue’s invention is dubbed “AuREUS” and is made of discarded fruits and vegetables that absorbs stray ultraviolet rays from the sun and turns them into renewable energy.

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“AuREUS is actually a material, or a technology, that allows other devices to harvest ultraviolet light and convert it into electricity. AuREUS is based on a plastic material, so it can be formed into different shapes,” the Filipino inventor said in an interview with Dyson.

Maigue said his invention was inspired by the science behind the northern lights and hoped it could replace typical window glasses “so that a whole building could become vertical solar energy farms.”

The crop waste can be placed in panels and put on windows and walls so that it can absorb UV light. It also has an advantage over solar panels because it can get UV light even without facing the sun.

Estudyante naka-imbento ng Solar Windows na gawa sa mga bulok na gulay at prutas