This 13 year old saw the plight of Indian villagers and invented a device to help them

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Installing solar panels to power your home can prove to be a little too expensive. Besides the equipment drilling holes into your pocket, you are also hit by regular maintenance charges that makes the whole thing not feasible. However, this 13-year-old might have found a solution that can make clean energy very affordable.

Maanasa Mendu, a middle schooler from Manson, Ohio was inspired to create a cheap device that could generate clean energy after her trip to India, where she saw people who lacked access to affordable clean water and electricity.

Mendu invention earned her the title of America’s Top Young Scientist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. She was also awarded $25,000 (Rs . 16,68011 approximately) for achievement.      

Mendu originally wanted to build a device that could harness energy from the wind, but when she started working with her 3M mentor Margauz Mitera, the focus shifted to a whole new direction. Drawing inspiration from how plants function, Mendu decided to work on creating solar leaves that could harness vibrational energy.

The leaves uses  piezoelectric material to generate electric currents from vibrations. This means that the device can harvest energy from rain, sun and wind. What’s interesting is it only took  $5 (Rs. 334 approximately) to assemble this device.

Now that the competition is over, Mendu wants to develop her prototype further and hopes that it could one day allow people in villages to have access to cheap and clean energy.