Eden Full Goh is no stranger to finding simple solutions to solar energy issues. When she was 14, she built a solar panel “tree” after studying how effective trees are at absorbing sunlight. After working on a wide range of research projects, Eden designed and built the SunSaluter. SunSaluter has since become its own organization, focusing on delivering a revolutionary solar tracking system to communities struggling to afford electricity.
One big issue facing developing countries is the lack of cheap solar tracking systems. As the sun moves overhead during the day, solar tracking systems keep the panel constantly facing the sun. Panels without a tracking system are 30% less effective. For families relying on solar panels, this can be the difference between heating food and keeping the lights on so that children can do their homework. Enter the SunSaluter, which uses a mechanical water clock to help solar panels receive the maximum amount of sunlight. Doubling as a water filter, the SunSaluter is a cheap, simple solution to solar energy efficiency for communities struggling to afford electricity.
Eden’s work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, and NPR. You can find out more about the award winning SunSaluter, Eden, her team, and their amazing work here!