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Lund University student wins the international round of the U21 RISE Awards

The RISE Awards (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is a competition for students, aiming to showcase student talent in sustainability and innovation, and is organised by U21 (Universitas 21). All participating projects aim to contribute to attaining at least one of the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Students from 16 member universities competed for the RISE Awards in the three categories 'Impact', 'Innovation', and 'Potential'.
Wenjing Yang
Wenjing Yang

The Lund University participant, Wenjing Yang, and her project 'Solar4Schools', won in the category 'Most Potential'.

Solar4Schools develops solar power to provide basic lighting and mobile charging to schools in Kenya, generating revenue for the school as a charging business, and reducing carbon emissions.

It therefore makes solar power affordable for the schools in rural Kenyan communities and has already delivered solar panels to two communities in the country, affecting approximately 800 students.

"For the team, winning the RISE Most Potential award was very exciting. Even more so was the timing of it. After validating the product and with the first prototype and pilot on the ground, we are currently working on MVP2.0 and its new design. We plan to officially launch the product in June 2020 and help schools looking for affordable and clean energy solutions in developing settings", says Wenjing Yang about their achievement and future plans.

Read more about the competition and see Wenjing's pitch on the U21 website

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