Winning the inaugural Sustainability Award of the James Dyson Award 2020, 27-year-old Carvey Ehren Maigue is the mind behind AuREUS System Technology - a new material, made from waste crop, which converts UV light into renewable energy. After discovering he won the Award, we caught up with Carvey to hear about his journey so far, the inspiration behind his invention, what lies ahead and why persistence is key. Photo: James Dyson Award
To be a college dropout or overstaying in college are just among the common problems of the students to face the tremendous pressures from their professors to comply everything what are called scripted university curriculum or programs that students needs to comply otherwise the would be kicked-out or they would be overstayed and both grounds for them to be dismissed from the university.
Carvey Ehren Maigue is just among the one in a million student that tried to defy the pressure of just complying all the requirements from the university to graduate but instead he studied and he did what he thinks as his most interested research whatever it takes.
In every one million university graduates in the Philippines or even in the world it is rare to find a student that would insist to do his/her passion of study than just to comply and follow the instructor like a robot and just be an ordinary employee that follows the instruction what to do. The case of Carvey Ehren Maigue is just an example that the University Overstaying Policy could be wrong if the bases are just the curriculum and the university program.
This Overstaying College Student Just Won a Global Science Award
Carvey Ehren Maigue, a student from Mapua University, has been named the first-ever Global Sustainability Winner at the James Dyson Award.
His invention? A new material made from rotten fruit and vegetables that converts UV light into electricity, and can be used for window panels, as well as walls.
Maigue was handpicked by founder James Dyson himself.
“As a farmer, I have always been concerned about covering fertile, food-producing, agricultural land in photovoltaic cells. Carvey’s invention demonstrates a convincing way to create clean energy on existing structures, like windows, within cities,” said Dyson.
What particularly won Dyson over was Maigue’s persistence.
“AuREUS is impressive in the way it makes sustainable use of waste crops, but I’m particularly impressed by Carvey’s resolve and determination,” said Dyson. “Having failed to make the national stage of the Award in 2018, he stuck at it and further developed his idea— this will be a very important character trait as he embarks on the long road to commercialization.”
Maigue calls the award, “one of the greatest achievements I’ve made.”
The son of a single mother, Maigue says he didn’t want to burden her with having to worry about his education.
“I told her I’ll find ways to put myself through school,” he said. To pay for his tuition fees at Mapua University, he takes on protyping projects and other jobs, and “sometimes I come close to the target amount of money, sometimes I don’t.”
He’s now 27 years old, and about two semesters away from graduating, which likely will now happen soon. The Dyson Sustainability Award comes with a cash award of £30,000 pounds, or ₱1.9 million Philippine pesos.
Maigue's invention was among 1,800 entries from young inventors and design engineers from 27 countries around the world.
His AuREUS system makes use of crop waste that absorbs stray UV light from the sun and converts it to electricity.
The system is used for windows and walls for buildings. AuREUS devices use the same technology derived from the phenomena that creates the Northern lights. High energy particles are absorbed by luminescent particles that re-remit them as visible light.
Similar types of particles derived from fruit and vegetables are suspended in a resin substrate. When hit by sunlight, the particles absorb and emit visible light along the edges. When this light is captured, it can be converted to electricity.
The criteria for the competition was straightforward: Design something that solves a problem. Maigue definitely did. Read more at Esquire
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Carvey Ehren Maigue's Crowed Funding start-up