Published on November 16th, 2011 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg3
A 19-Year-Old’s Solar Power Rotator System Wins Social Entrepreneurship Competition
If you’ve never heard of Roseicollis Technologies, you’re not alone: the start-up company is still working on its website. But websites be damned… 19-year-old founder Eden Full has been hard at work on a technology for bringing solar power to remote parts of the globe, and she’s catching attention from some big social entrepreneurship competitions. Earlier this Fall, her Sun Saluter solar panel rotator concept won Mashable’s Startups for Good Challenge; today, Forbes’ Kym McNicolas noted that Full has also won the Staples/Ashoka 5th Annual Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.
So, what makes this technology prize-worthy? In short, the Sun Saluter’s ability to not only capture more sun (which any rotator can do), but to do so without expending any of the valuable electricity generated: according to Mashable, the rotator moves “through a series of inexpensive metal coils that expand and contract based on a series of outside factors.” The technology isn’t just lab tested, but has been at work in two villages in Kenya that have never had access to electricity before.
Check out the video above for a bit more insight into Eden herself (she’s pretty impressive), and let us know what you think of this idea… yet another appropriate technology that could support the developing world without putting them in competition for expendable resources?