Mapua student wins award for invention that harvests solar energy from waste produce

Second time’s the charm for one inventor who found a renewable energy solution using damaged crops.

Carvey Ehren Maigue, a 27-year-old BS electrical engineering student at Mapua University, was recently recognized for a new technology he created using crop waste. He beat 1,800 entries to receive the inaugural Sustainability Award of the James Dyson Award 2020, which has a cash prize worth P1.9 million.

Maigue’s invention, titled AuREUS: Aurora Renewable Energy and UV Sequestration, is “a material, or a technology, that allows other devices to harvest ultraviolet light and convert it into electricity,” he told Dyson in an interview on Thursday, Nov. 19.

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