Teen from Nepal uses hair to create $38 solar panel

by Gareth Mankoo

Solar panels are green and all but surely too expensive for most of us. But it wouldn’t be so if Malin Karki from Nepal had proposed his solution before. He used the common knowledge of melanin in hair being a light sensitive conductor and went on to create a brilliant solar panel that is not only effective but absolutely affordable as well. Malin, a school student from Kathmandu was inspired by a Stephen Hawking book that introduced him to alternate means of producing static electricity.

The panels are basically 15-inch sq. inch playes that produce 9V or 18W of power. The magical number is $38. That’s all these take to produce.


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