/ 25 May 2021

THE MAPUA University congratulated its Electrical Engineering student who was hailed as the first Sustainability Winner of the 2020 James Dyson Award.

Carvey Ehre Maigue bagged the award for his Aurora Renewable Energy and UV Sequestration invention. Maigue’s invention is a system that uses technology synthesized from upcycled crop waste to absorb stray UV light from sunlight and convert it to clean renewable electricity.

“UV light is a form of electromagnetic radiation present in sunlight that can bounce off surfaces such as buildings. The invention aims to address climate change and bring forth a more sustainable future,” he said.

The young inventor said the agriculture sector can benefit from the AuREUS particularly the farmers who are most affected by climate-driven typhoons.

“The invention will aid them in terms of making a profit out of their damaged crops to help them rehabilitate their source of livelihood,” he said.

Maigue bested 1,800 entries from design engineers all over the world and was personally chosen by James Dyson himself, the British inventor who developed the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner.

Dr. Reynaldo Vea, Mapua president, together with the school’s officers and deans congratulated Maigue and offered to support him in his future endeavors.

“With nearly a century of serving as a pillar of education in the country, Mapúa University has demonstrated the importance of a higher education institution’s participation in knowledge generation efforts that lead to sustainable community development, environment protection and preservation, social change, and nation building. Its strong regard for research has resulted in countless achievements attained not only by its graduates but also by the students of its undergraduate programs,” the university said.

Maigue admitted that completing his project was a challenge.

“Working on AuREUS is extra challenging, but it is a challenge worth taking. And I think Mapua equipped me well with the attitude, skills, and knowledge so that even if the journey isn’t easy, I can always find a way around it or through it. A degree from Mapua is a lifetime badge that grants you access to global success,” he said.