New Panels Can Produce Energy Without Sunlight

Solar energy has formed the most sustainable source of energy. It forms a very useful resource without leaving any pollutants in the atmosphere.

There are various advantages of solar energy –

  • Improved Efficiency
  • Low Cost
  • Maintenance is Cheaper
  • Diversified Applications
  • Development in Technology

Even with so many advantages, it comes up with a big issue when the clouds come over. It forms a major issue for this renewable and sustainable form of energy. We cannot control the clouds or the weather that forms around us. So, a new invention has come along solving this problem. The technology involves the accumulation of the unseen Ultraviolet(UV) light that is present no matter the condition of the weather. It can produce electricity all over the offices and homes.

Conversion to AuREUS tech will unlock additional 18kW power asset /
Source – jamesdysonaward

The technology is known as AuREUS which stands for Aurora Renewable Energy and UV Sequestration and it has been made by Carvey Ehren Maigue from Mapua University Philippines.

Carvey Ehren Maigue with his prototype panel / Source – fastcompany

How Does It Work?

A combination of organic luminescent material consumes the UV lights and process it further to visible lights. After that PV cell captures the emitted visible lights and converts them to DC ( Direct current ) electricity.

Aureus devices have been categorized into two types –

  • Borealis Solar Window
  • Astralis Solar Wall

Carvey says “It’s similar to how we breathe in oxygen and we exhale carbon dioxide. It takes in ultraviolet light, and then after some time it would shed it as visible light.” This technology can easily be applied to the exterior walls and windows of a building. For this invention, Carvey got selected as a winner for the James Dyson sustainability award and won a cash prize of $35000.

How did this technology evolve?

Carvey created the AuREUS by converting the fruits and vegetable crop waste to a luminescent material that can convert UV light. After that, it is mixed up with resin, and then the lining is done with a solar film glass-like panel which produces electricity.

He set up his prototype in his apartment for the AuREUS which was a 24 to 36 inches transparent lime green panel. At the James Dyson Award, he presented the panel and showed everyone that his test panel can produce electricity that can charge up to 2 phones each day. With that, he also added that the panels can charge up a full building to produce their electricity.

Carvey setting up the Aureus in his aparment / Image source – fastcompany

Carvey says “We can create curved panels, more intricate shapes for the walls, or the design they want without suffering lesser efficiency. That’s one of the ways we can allow architects and engineers to express themselves more and be more artistic.”

His next step is to make a building installation of the AuREUS in a small medical clinic on the remote island of Jomalig. One of Carvey’s friend is a doctor in that clinic and the clinic suffer a lack of power during major storms in the area.

Carvey also said “If we can democratize renewable energy, we can bring it both physically closer to people as well as psychologically closer. It would give them a sense of access to it, that they are closer to it, that they don’t have to be large institutions that can harvest solar energy with their rooftops.”

With this technology installed in the windows, walls, and clothes people will understand the value of renewable energy and it would create a much easier and safer environment for us.

Source – fastcompany

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