Youth – Spearheading Solar Panel Innovation

Solar panels have been researched and developed over the years, namely by men who are needless to say, past their teens. There could be a number of factors that contribute to the lack of younger innovators in this field who are particularly women. Lack of interest or lack of opportunity? Maybe neither or maybe both.

In today’s society, age, race, and gender no longer really determine who we become or what we become for a living. Our current President, Barack Obama, is half black and half white – something that was once impossible historically.

Remember Michael Jackson’s Black or White song? “It don’t matter if you’re black or white”?

Before I go off on a tangent and start busting out with Billie Jean, let’s step aside and take a brief look into history.

In 1996, Michael Furdyk started at the mere age of 16. This was a successful venture that he established right out of his parent’s basement.

In 2002, Fraser Doherty started SuperJam at the age of 16 working full-time. Today, this company is worth over one million. Making jams! Can you believe it?

In 2005, sibling teen team, Catherine and Dave Cook, developed myYearbook, a venture that caught the attention of many well-known advertisers such as Neutrogena and Disney. The annual sales in 2009 raked in at $20 million.

These are only among the few young male and female entrepreneurs who have established a name for themselves all through the innovation and development of an idea.

In the field of solar power, growth has also stirred through the invention of a Canadian youth by the name of Eden Full. At the age of 19, this young woman founded Roseicollis Technologies and designed what she calls the SunSaluter, a clever new tracker for Solar Photovoltaic Panels.

If you’ve taken the time to Google solar panels in the images section, you’ll probably notice that the structure of the panels are all pretty much the same – a flat array of modules that faces the sun in a static position.

Eden’s idea has certainly revolutionized the idea of how solar panels can be produced in the future to maximize solar accessibility and energy absorption. She calls this, in development technology, dynamic photovoltaics.

In simple terms, instead of using a passive tracker or an active tracker that uses sensors and electric motors to track the sun, she is hoping to develop a tracking system that rotates the solar panels in the direction of the sun’s movement with the use of bimetallic strips that will bend and twist in predictable ways regardless of varying temperatures and degree of cloudiness.

There is uncertainty in how effective and efficient her design will actually become, but her efforts and underlying goals are praiseworthy.

Her target is to introduce her developing technology to developing countries that could use the extra power on a rainy day. For instance, farmers can potentially have a food storage system for their community.

Eden’s goal is to establish a non-profit organization that will reduce the costs involved in creating and manufacturing these solar panels in order to purchase more solar panels for third world countries with the money saved. More money saved = more solar panels = more power.

Anything that makes an impact and creates a better tomorrow for the world as a whole is something to recognize.

Here, The Solar Company is certainly proud to be a part of the solar movement in California where bringing quality, suitability, and excellent customer service to our customers is valuable and important to us.

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