A modern form of solar panel employing human hair could deliver humanity inexpensive, green electricity that is what its teenage inventor thinks.
Milan Karki (Age 18) who belongs to a village in rural Nepal thinks he has came up the solution to the growing world’s energy requirements.
This teenage inventor tells hair is very easy to employ as a conductor in solar panels and would revolutionize renewable energy.
First he desired to render electrical energy for his home, then his village. But now he is intending to do this job for the whole globe; says Milan, who is studying in school in the capital, Katmandu.
The hair substitutes silicon, a costly element normally used in solar batteries. This entails the panels can be created at a low-price for those with no accession to power.
In Nepal, one of the most second-rate countries in the world, a lot of rural areas don’t have an access to electricity. Even the areas linked up to power lines are facing shortages of up to 16 hrs per day.
At first, Milan and his four schoolfellows made the solar panel as a try out but later the teens were converted that it has broad potential and commercial viability.
Milan is seeking to bring it out commercially and distribute to the districts. They have already forwarded two out to the districts to check for feasibility.
The solar panel, which creates 9 V (18 W) of energy, tolls about £23 to construct from raw materials.
But if they were manufactured in bulk they could be sold for less than half that price. This would make them a one-fourth of the price of those available in the market.
Melanin, a pigment that imparts hair its color, is photosensitive and also works as a conductor. As hair is far cheaper than silicon the appliance becomes less in cost.
The solar panel can charge a cell phone or a large number of batteries able of giving light all evening.
Milan began his pursuit to produce electrical energy when he was a young boy living in Khotang, a distant district of Nepal entirely disconnected to electrical energy. Villagers were unbelieving of his innovation initially, he says.
They trust in superstitious notions, they do not believe in scientific discipline. But now they will trust.
Initially he used water currents hydro power on a small scale, but that experiment was too costly.
He explored for new, other renewable, low-cost sources. Folks in this area are living the life of the Stone Age even in the 21st century.
Milan, who considers inventor Thomas Edison as his hero, calls himself as lucky as his family could spend for him to acquire good education. Other villagers living in his village are drawn to work from their childhood. Majority of people are ignorant.
He was earlier inspired after studying a book by physicist Stephen Hawking. In that book he talked about methods of producing static energy from hair.
He understood that Melanin was one of the factors in transition of energy.
One-half kilo of hair can be purchased for just 16p in Nepal and can be used up to months. On the other hand a bundle of batteries would price 50p and last for a couple of nights.
Any person can replace his hair himself. So, solar panels require short servicing.
Three years after first getting the idea, Milan tells the thought is more significant than ever as of the important requirement for renewable energies in the face of finite power sources and global warming.
We are seeing that our natural resources are degrading gradually, so it is essential to think of the time to come.
One day we’ll be facing a big energy and fuel crisis, so it is a right time to think today.
This is a cheap solution for the crisis we’re facing nowadays. We have set out the walk for a long journey to save our earth and nature.