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Eden Full is only 19, yet the Princeton University undergraduate student has come up with a way to make solar panels 40 percent more efficient, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Full started working on the “Sun Saluter” in high school. Last summer, she traveled to Kenya to test her project, where she was able to bring zero-emissions electricity to a village that had previously been without power.
On top of receiving the $10,000 Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award, Full received a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship award last month. The Thiel Fellowship is the brainchild of PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel who has actively sought to inspire young people to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors even if it means dropping out of college.
She plans to move to San Francisco for the next two years, where she says she will use the money to bring her idea to the marketplace. Afterward, she plans to continue her studies at Princeton.
“For the first time in my life, ... I’m not following what’s expected of me,” Full told Princeton Alumni Weekly. “I’m just sort of winging it, and we’ll see where it goes.”