Ukrainian tech entrepreneur develops vertical solar panels designed to be mounted on balconies

Europe has been experiencing extreme heat waves since May, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. WeDoSolar made a move to protect the world from the impacts of global warming by creating vertical solar panels.

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This photograph shows details of a photovoltaic solar installation at the site of the former marshalling yard, in Le Mans, in northwestern France, on June 29, 2022.

WeDoSolar is a startup launched in February 2022 and founded by Carolina Attspodina, a Ukrainian-born technology entrepreneur and Qian Qin, a hardware engineer, entrepreneur and former CEO of BSH Digital Ventures GmbH.

Focused on EU markets, solar panels are perfect for the non-tech savvy. They are designed by German engineers and, as part of the offer, are insured. The panels weigh only 1 kg each and plug into a standard power outlet. It is designed to be mounted on balconies and comes with weather resistant straps.

Its micro-inverter will push power into the home grid, allowing the panels to power home appliances before using the normal grid. Additionally, users can track solar power generation and carbon dioxide amount through an app. The application converts metrics into a language that makes it easier for users to understand.

According to TechCrunchthe company claims that solar panels can reduce a household’s carbon footprint by up to 600kg and electricity bills by up to 25% per year.

The solar panels are currently the world’s lightest balcony solar solution that will not require any expert assistance for installation. In addition, they can easily be moved. Therefore, if you buy and decide to move, you can easily take the solar panels with you.

The company has already received a thousand orders for it. Its eight-panel set costs €1,299 or can be a free rental model for EV owners in exchange for CO2 certificates. They are bundled and sold to oil companies because oil companies have to buy certificates every year from EV owners, especially in Germany.

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How the idea was born

The idea of ​​these vertical solar panels was introduced by Attspodina and Qan’s mission to provide faster ways to reduce carbon dioxide for a clean future.

“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.” said Attspodina.

Now these solar panels can be used in the home every day to power appliances that will provide sustainable energy. Thus, people will be able to take charge of their energy dependence.

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Written by April Fowell

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