27 Sep '11, 6pm

19-Year-Old Improves Solar Power Capacity by 40%

The idea is such a simple one: rotate solar panels to follow the sun throughout the day so they capture the most of the sun's energy as possible. Solar power tracking systems have been around for some time, but a 19-year-old claims to have done existing systems one better. Eden Full is the lady behind the SunSaluter, a technology that can optimize energy collection by up to 40 percent—for a total cost of $10 per installation. Full said that the device can reduce the payback period for solar panels by five years. To drive home the technology's potential, she said if the SunSaluter were installed on 15 percent of today's panels by 2030, it would improve efficiency so much that it'd be like the electricity for a city the size of Philadelphia being carbon neutral. I saw Full present the SunSaluter at the Mashable Social Good Summit last week, where she won the $10,000 prize at...

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