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Carvey Maigue makes renewable energy from rotting veg and won the James Dyson prize

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Carvey Maigue, who hails from the Philippines, made a novel material from rotting vegetables and fruits. The rotten material is capable of converting UV light into renewable power. Carvey, who is 27-year-old, is a student at Mapua University in the […]

Carvey Maigue, who hails from the Philippines, made a novel material from rotting vegetables and fruits. The rotten material is capable of converting UV light into renewable power. Carvey, who is 27-year-old, is a student at Mapua University in the Philippines. 

Aureus comes from crop waste, and it absorbs high power photons through luminescent particles which are delivered from vegetables and fruits. Aureus System is always effective and efficient even if it’s not facing the sun since it can absorb UV via clouds and bounces from pavements, walls, and buildings. Carvey said that winning the James Dyson Award is a starting and an end for him. He added that it is the beginning of the long journey he is determined to go, and it marks the end of doubtful relevance if his idea would be recognized globally. 

Carvey said that he wants to come up with renewable power that is much better and from natural resources. He said this is the only way to help people have a sustainable power solution and regenerative future. The other international competition prize was given to Judit Giró Benet, a 23-year-old postgraduate student who invented a low-cost biomedical device. The device is ideal for detecting breast cancer at home. 

The two winners were given a cash prize of £30,000, which they will use to develop their innovations further. The judges lauded them for bringing solutions to global problems. The two hope to get sustainable methods to produce renewable power and help women who miss breast cancer screenings. Benet, who comes from Tarragona, Spain, is at the University of California, Irvine. She was inspired to invent the device following her mum’s breast cancer diagnosis, and she felt that with over 40% of women who fail to turn up for their mammograms, hence the need for a simple alternative. 

This is now the 15th year the James Dyson awards are being given. The initiative operates in 27nations, and the participants are students and recent graduates. Most of the students are those studying engineering, industrial design, and product design. James Dyson awards identify and give a reward to imaginative students who are able to provide solutions to worldwide problems. A group of master students from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College Landon, known as the Tyre Collective, were runner-ups. They were providing a solution to the increasing environmental problem of tyre wear due to road transport. 

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