Another reuse for human hair has been discovered thanks to a young bright man from Nepal. Using human hair, the young man and his friends, invented a method to power more affordable solar panels for their village and hopefully the rest of the world. Is it Solhair Power?
The young man, Milan Karki, comes from a village in rural Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. In Nepal it is difficult for many to access electricity. For those fortunate enough to have electricity, shortages are still a big problem.
Solar panels would provide the much needed electricity for places like Nepal all over the world, but solar panels do not come cheaply. They are expensive to make and maintain. So, as part of school project and a life long dream, Milan with his friends, came up with an idea to replace silicon with human hair, an inexpensive conductor.
In doing this solar production would be cheaper. Replacing the worn used hair with new hair when needed is also said to be easy and could be done by anyone, making maintenance cheaper as well. The question is, does it really work? Yes.
Milan has managed to charge a mobile phone as well as run a pack of batteries that can provide light all evening. His hairy solar panel produces 9 V of energy and costs about $38 to make. On a grand scale or even a small scale what does this mean for the rest of the world? Obviously if Milan succeeds and his invention is successful and mass-produced the world will have an inexpensive solar powered option that it currently does not have. The poorest parts of the world could have access to electricity and the rest of the world could inexpensively convert to solar power.
It's an amazing idea and hopefully one that succeeds. For more ways to recycle human hair click for: hairy fashion and hairy oil cleaning mats. Also read about a woman who used human hair to mix in her plaster mix for her home here.
via Daily Mail