The SunSaluter – A Low cost solar energy device invented by Eden Full

Eden
is an aspiring product designer interested in human-centred appropriate
technology, having tinkered with solar technologies since age ten. As the
inventor of the SunSaluter, she is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton
University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowship’s
inaugural class.

Credit: Eden Full / SunSaluter

Proudly
Canadian, Eden’s other passion is rowing, where she was the coxswain for the
2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior women’s development team at the Henley Royal
and Holland Beker Regattas. To give back for all of the support she has
received over the years, Eden tells her story with the SunSaluter in schools
and youth programs everywhere from West Philadelphia to rural Indonesia.

As
Full got into engineering as a teen, she started noticing the influence of the
oil and gas industry. A high-school trip to the Arctic – a “visceral,
physical” experience where she saw climate change harming polar bears
first-hand – sealed her commitment.

Why
we need SunSaluter

The
SunSaluter aims to increase energy and clean drinking water accessibility to
off-grid communities, and thus mitigate the environmental and health
implications from traditional energy and water sources. Furthermore, the
SunSaluter helps to eliminate the need for villagers to travel to areas with
grid electricity, thus reducing fuel consumption and increasing quality of
life. By creating designs that are intuitive and locally source-able, the
SunSaluter empowers the local community through education and sustainable
design.
How
the SunSaluter works

The
SunSaluter supports impoverished communities in meeting their needs for both
electricity and clean water. Using the weight displacement of water passing
through a filter, the SunSaluter rotates solar panels throughout the day, to
optimize energy collection by up to 40%. Now, a family that struggled with
limited electricity and insufficient clean water has both.


                                                       Credit: Eden Full / SunSaluter

The
SunSaluter is a low-cost device that makes solar panels track the movement of
the sun using little more than three water bottles and gravity. This increases
energy output by 40 per cent while producing clean water. As the water-filled
bottles drip through a filter, they become lighter which adjusts the panel over
the course of the day.

The
SunSaluter won the Westly Prize, the Mashable-UN Foundation Startups for Social
Good Challenge, second prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, and the
grand prize at the Staples-Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Now
that award-winning SunSaluter is producing power in 16 countries, Full’s ready
to invent new ways to make renewable energy more meaningful.

Explore
further in www.sunsaluter.com

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