Carvey Ehren Maigue, a student at Mapua University in the Philippines, is this year’s Sustainability Winner at the James Dyson Award, an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers with his invention AuREUS System Technology, made from crop waste and can be attached to a pre-existing structure or surface to harvest UV light and convert this into visible light to generate electricity.
Maigue said that he wants to create a better form of renewable energy that uses the world’s natural resources.
“Winning the James Dyson Award is both a beginning and an end. It marked the end of years of doubting whether my idea would find global relevance. It marks the beginning of the journey of finally bringing AuREUS System Technology to the world. I want to create a better form of renewable energy that uses the world’s natural resources, is close to people’s lives, forging achievable paths and rallying towards a sustainable and regenerative future.”
-Carvey Ehren Maigue
AuREUS System Technology
According to The James Dyson Award website, AuREUS System is an evolution for walls/windows and uses technology synthesized from upcycled crop waste to absorb stray UV light from sunlight and convert it to clean renewable electricity.
Furthermore, the invention aims to incorporate solar power generation into existing structures in urban environments through solar power generation windows and walls.
AuREUS also offers a more efficient and sustainable way to generate power from UV light and it uses a technology synthesized from up-cycled crop waste.
In addition, Luminescent particles are suspended in a resin substrate and it absorbs and re-emit visible light along its edges when hit by UV light. Then photovoltaic cells capture the visible light emitted and convert it to electricity.
Check out this AuREUS Live Demo:
Here’s the statement of James Dyson, the Founder, and Chief Engineer at Dyson:
“As a farmer, I see great potential in Carvey’s technology to generate clean renewable energy. AuREUS System Technology conserves space using pre-existing structures, utilises current resources and waste streams, and supports local agricultural communities. His bright idea to use upcycled crop waste develops a closed loop system. This element of his invention is particularly clever and shows the close link between farming and technology.”
Know more about AuREUS System Technology in this video:
Furthermore, to check out the other winners of this year’s James Dyson Award click HERE.