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sunsaluter photoThis inspiring story is making the rounds on the internet this week: Eden Full, a 21-year-old junior at MIT, who has long been a solar innovator, gets a profile on Mashable for her creation of a low-cost way to greatly improve solar panel performance.

Full’s Sunsaluter (pictured at left) is a solar-tracking device that makes it easy for people in the developing world to get as much as 40 percent more power out of their solar panels.

Using an old soda bottle and the ages-old principle of water clock, Full has created a cheap solar-tracker that moves the panel to follow the sun over the course of the day, dramatically improving the amount of electricity it can generate.

From the Mashable profile:

At first glance, Eden Full may seem like a typical Princeton undergrad, but she’s far from typical. The 21-year-old is a Thiel Fellow and inventor of The SunSaluter, a solar panel that pivots to face the sun without requiring a motor. Full didn’t set out to radicalize the way the developing world sources power — she was a self-proclaimed “solar enthusiast” by the age of 10. But her ingenuity and a tip from someone at an international science fair led her to optimize solar energy, so a solar panel produces up to 40% more electricity. And all it takes is gravity and some soda bottles.

Below is a short video interview with Full, highlighting the impact her work has had, and likely will continue to have as her company expands its reach in the developing world.

Sunsaluter photo CC-licensed by TEDxYouth@SanDiego.

The post A Simple, Low-Cost Way to Boost Solar Panel Performance by 40% appeared first on Solar Power.

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