These solar foils are made from failed agricultural crops

AuREUS can also capture UV rays that bounce off sidewalks or surrounding facades, turning entire buildings into vertical solar farms.

Engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue won this year James Dyson Award with an invention called AuREUS which converts agricultural waste into coatings that can generate energy from ultraviolet light.

Unlike conventional solar panels, which mostly work only in favorable climatic conditions, ie where there is a lot of sun, this material has the ability to generate energy. and from invisible UV rays passing through the clouds.

When, as a type of fluorescent coating, applied to windows or facades, AuREUS can also UV rays that bounce off the sidewalk or surrounding facades, thus turning entire buildings into vertical solar farms.

From waste fruits and vegetables, it makes a thin film that is suitable for mounting on walls or glass.

AuREUS was named after aurora borealis, and at the same time is inspired by the physics that drives Aurora Borealis. Namely, luminescent particles in the atmosphere absorb high-energy particles such as ultraviolet or gamma rays, before they decompose them and emit them again as visible light.

Similarly, the AuREUS system uses luminescent particles obtained from waste from the field, and to extract bioluminescent particles from a particular fruits and vegetables it must go through a process of crushing the substance, squeezing the juices, which are then filtered and distilled. The resulting distillate is then suspended until obtained smola, and then a thin film is obtained which is placed on the walls or glass.

Some new juicers; Photo: The James Dyson Foundation

Integration into existing systems

The resulting particles convert UV rays and visible light, which is reflected to the very edges of the panel, from where it can be “caught” and converted into electricity by a series of photovoltaic cells which are located around the perimeter of the panels and these are exactly the same cells as are found on regular solar panels. With the help of integrated control circuits, this electricity can either be stored or used immediately.

“The system can be used independently or can be connected in groups to get a greater effect. It can also be easily integrated into existing solar photovoltaic systems. “, Maigue pointed out for The seas.

Solar panels of fruits and vegetables; Photo: The James Dyson Foundation

In this way, farmers can be given a chance to cash in on at least part of their work.

They were used in the experiment failed agricultural crops from local farmers, which have been affected by severe weather disturbances caused by climate change. Namely, about a quarter of the Philippine population works in the agricultural sector, but due to global warming, this industry is affected by more frequent and extreme weather conditions, which in the period from 2006 to 2013 damaged more than six million hectares of crops valued at 3.8 billion dollars. In this way, farmers can be given a chance to still cash in at least part of his work.

Foil mounting on glass; Photo: The James Dyson Foundation

An idea for the future

Maigue plans to adapt the AuREU substrate in the future and turn it into a thread shape, in order to form fabrics and curved linings that will be able to be fixed to vehicles and aircraft.

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