A Ukrainian entrepreneur built vertical solar panels for balconies

Since May, Europe has been one of the world’s fastest “heatwave hotspots”. And forecasts show no signs of abating, with the damaging effects of human-induced climate change reaching new heights every day.

As the world continues to feed its addiction to fossil fuels, no continent is immune to the impacts of global warming, such as floods, droughts, extreme storms and wildfires.

In a bid to prevent this, the world is scrambling to switch to alternatives like renewables and nuclear power, and a Ukrainian tech entrepreneur, Karolina Attspodina, has found an ingenious way to do just that.

Attspodina startup WeDoSolar provides vertical solar panels designed to be easily attached to balconies with weatherproof straps by unsophisticated users. according to a first report by Tech Crunch.

Remarkably, the product could help Europeans reduce their carbon footprint by 1,322 pounds (600 kg) and save 25% energy. It could also potentially offer relief to the current energy crisis in Europe, which has been aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as Europe has become heavily dependent on Russian energy sources over the years.

Smart solar panels for balconies

The vertical solar power set was created by German engineers. According to the WeDoSolar website, the set is the lightest balcony solar solution in the world. The set consists of 2.2 pounds (1 kg) of eight panels that can be easily attached to the balcony fence using weatherproof straps without the need for expert help. Then, if you ever move, you can easily take the solar panels with you.

After connecting to an ordinary power outlet, the process of using solar energy to power all household appliances begins instantly. Moreover, it has a smart app that allows users to track the energy generated by their solar panels. Users can also track the amount of CO2 saved in real time via a virtual “power plant”.

Solar energy for all

The idea came to Attspodina and his co-founder as they explored faster ways to reduce CO2 emissions to ensure a clean future for next generations.

“Solar energy is both free and easily available. Existing solar panel solutions are either intended for industrial use or too cumbersome to install without the help of a qualified technical team. You also have to wait for the bill monthly to determine the effect.” Attspodina said Tech Crunch.

“We’re providing a tool that every person, homeowner and renter, could use in the home every day to power appliances. We want to make sustainable energy accessible, and I see great potential for people taking charge of their addiction. energy.”

The 8-panel set can be purchased outright for $1,331 (€1,299) or as a free rental model for EV owners in exchange for CO2 certificates.

WeDoSolar also offers large corporate benefit programs. Through this program, employers can receive CO2 certificates for their businesses and employees benefit from lower electricity bills while using the system for free.

“I felt like we could serve not only people who own homes, but also part of the market, who rent. Right now, energy costs are going up like crazy, and they just keep going up. ‘rise until we stabilize them and implement a bunch of ways to generate our own clean energy,’ Attspodina said.