The Filipino has developed a new fluorescent material made from fruit and vegetable waste that collects light and converts it into electricity. EcoTown writes about it. AuREUS was invented by 27-year-old Carvey engineer Eren Meig of the University of Mapua in Manila. The development received the first ever Sustainable
Development Award under the 2020 James Dyson Award. The new material, made from recycled crop waste, can be attached to the walls of buildings to collect invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. “I want to create a better form of renewable energy that uses the world’s natural resources,” said Meg.
The translucent material is moldy and durable, as well as combats the problem of fruit and vegetable waste, which accounts for almost half of household food waste, according to a 2018 study. Organic luminescent compounds from fruits and vegetables convert UV radiation into visible light, which is transmitted to solar panels. “Ordinary solar panels can’t absorb ultraviolet light – that’s why my invention,” he explains. “Because AuREUS uses ultraviolet rays, the weather can be either sunny or cloudy, and the material will still generate electricity.”
AuREUS can turn buildings in overcrowded cities into “vertical solar trusses”, compensating for the lack of horizontal space. certificate The James Dyson Prize is an annual international design award open to university or recent graduates, founded by a British inventor and billionaire who is the richest man in the UK.