He’s a young man from Egypt who refused to give in to hard conditions that threatened his passion for science. Though the unprofessional educational system forced him to study something he doesn’t like, yet he succeeded in swimming against the stream and came up with an idea of a new remarkable invention that could benefit humanity.
Mohamed Gooda, 24, was born in El Faiyoum, in north central Egypt. Although he studies commerce, the love he has for science always drives him to read science books, and this has directed him to come up with a new concept in the field of solar energy and solar panels, which he’s currently trying to make it real in the hands of ordinary individuals.
Let’s have a look at his idea through the following interview with OnIslam.net.
What motivated you to think about this invention?
First of all, necessity is the mother of invention. And thoughts come out of firm will. I initially thought of this in a chemistry lecture when I was in 2nd secondary. I remember that the teacher was talking about energy and he was explaining that a developed nation is a country which is able to produce big quantities of energy and then create various methods to exploit it and make good use of the energy produced in numerous fields.
As a result of these precious sentences of my teacher, I started to think of making use of the valuable source of energy we have, the sun. I started to think about that seriously although I wasn’t interested at all in the field of inventions prior to that moment. I wasn’t even one of the school’s outstanding students, for instance, in sciences, I was just an average-level student.
A week after this lecture, I watched a TV interview with the famous Egyptian scientist Dr. Farouq El-Baz who expressed hope to meet young researchers and science enthusiasts who are interested in the field of solar energy. This stirred me further to take the next step; I went from my governorate El Faiyoum to the Science and Technology Exploration Center (STEC) in Cairo. There I learnt how to put down a research plan, and in just three months I presented my invention to the Office of Inventions in the National Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).
What is your education level?
I study in the Faculty of Commerce at Banisuef University. But at the same time, I engage myself in a self-study program, reading physics text books of the faculty of science, in addition to paying attention to some physics textbooks at the lower level, in addition to other free online education sources.
What are the concepts and the idea of your invention?
The idea of my invention is based upon the concept of “Stimulated Emission of Electrons”, a theoretical physics expression which first appeared in 1999 in a research that was conducted by three scientists and got published in the “Brazilian Journal of Physics”. The expression is concerned with a kind of solid matters which are able to stimulate the Secondary Electrons in a range between zero and 50 volts.
Afterwards, the expression appeared once again in 2006 in a research published on a website, Archive.org, and was focused on sodium electrons and stimulating them.
Some researchers who interpreted my idea mistakenly thought that I use laser instead of sunlight and solar radiation as a source of energy for the solar cells, but this is not the concept of my new laser solar cells. This new solar cell uses the similar mechanism of how laser works through stimulated emission of electrons, yet, it’s based upon electrons and not photons like in laser. This takes place through special organising of the properties of the cesium sola cell.
What’s the difference between your new laser solar cells and the old photovoltaic solar panels?
|On the contrary, according to my theoretical research’s calculations and equations, the energy conversion efficiency of my laser solar cell reaches 70%.|
Cesium solar cells and other photovoltaic panels are manufactured to work, but with dependence on the photoelectric effect. This simply means that there are some chemical elements which have “easy-going” electrons at their outer electron shells that get stimulated and freed easily at little amount of energy. Meaning that such cells directly converts the luminous energy to electric energy.
An important aspect of solar cells is the energy conversion efficiency which indicates the powerfulness of the solar cell. So far, all the previous types of solar panels don’t exceed the production of just 40% of the input solar energy gathered by them.
On the contrary, according to my theoretical research’s calculations and equations, the energy conversion efficiency of my laser solar cell reaches 70%. Furthermore, its cost doesn’t exceed the ones of the old photovoltaic panels except for around 10% that represents the increase of energy produced by the new cell. Moreover, about 90% of the currently used solar panels are made of silicon which is a very expensive element. Instead of that, I manage to use organic photoelectric cells which are cheaper.
Additionally, next August God Willing, I’ll start trying to advance my new laser solar cells to make them able to absorb and benefit from additional five types of spectrum, beside the already used visible light. This is actually a revolutionary idea which is still being experimented in some physics labs which aim to make use of 3 types of spectra beside the visible light of sunlight.
Have you presented your research to ASRT?
Yes, I’ve presented it in 2005.
Did you succeed in contacting any Egyptian or foreign company?
I haven’t presented my idea to a foreign company. I contacted a photovoltaic panels corporation in Egypt, but they replied to me that my idea doesn’t fit with their production line.
Is there any obstacle that faces practical implementation of your idea?
The major obstacle which currently faces me is that I can’t find any Egyptian solar panel manufacturer who is creative and brave enough to take the risk and challenge to try manufacturing my invention. I’m in total need of this vital step in order to test the practical efficiency and worthiness of my invention and to measure to what extent the proposed practical product insha’allah would follow my theoretical measurements.
Unfortunately, in North America, Western Europe and Northeast Asia any researcher is normally provided with countless numbers of trials and if he/she fails, he/she is encouraged to conduct the experiments several times to modify, correct and adjust his ideas and measures till he/she reaches the successful result initially expected.
Investing money, effort and time in scientific research is always valuable and it always worth it.
Did any of your relatives, friends or professors help you in your research?
All praise to Allah who aided me to come up with this idea. And I’d like to thank Ms. Somaya Ahmad who supported me to a great extent psychologically.
Could you list to the lay reader a couple of useful applications which he/she could benefit from via your invention?
These laser solar cells could make Egypt depend largely on a green renewable non-pollutant source of energy. It’s cheap and easy to manufacture and could be deployed in any Egyptian terrain. This will further help Egypt in building more developed urban cities and will facilitate constructing a firm infrastructure for the newly established settlements and communities. On personal scale, the individual will be able to use those laser solar cells at homes and atop their roofs to have sufficient and continuous supply of energy and electricity. This might decrease the amount of monthly fees paid by families for electricity consumption.
What are your other hobbies?
I adore reading, especially on topics related to theoretical physics. I also like writing. I write a monthly article in several online and printed magazines which are specialised in the philosophy of science. I’ve also founded a few months ago with some talented colleagues an educational project to simplify strategic and fundamental sciences to the students of the faculties of science and engineering. The project is named “Gooda Academy” after my family name.
Have you previously invented anything before those new cells?
No, those laser solar cells are my first invention. But thanks to God I’m currently waiting for ASRT to approve my second invention about air conditioner that works without a compressor.
All the 5 North African Countries (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya & Algeria) are blessed with significantly high rates of solar radiation per year. This encouraged the EU to start solar energy projects with those 5 close Mediterranean neighbours. Are you willing or did you initially try to contact the EU organisations responsible for these projects to work with them and apply your idea on Egyptian soil?
I have read before about these attempts. And thank God I have succeeded in contacting some of the researchers who are working on that in Morocco. But so far I have presented my idea to them. Yet I think I’ll manage to do it soon insha’allah.
What are the best Egyptian provinces which could host your project? And why?
|These laser solar cells could make Egypt depend largely on a green renewable non-pollutant source of energy.|
Egypt in general is one of the countries which have a high rate of solar radiation all over the year. It exceeds 3,000 hours of sunlight per year in Sinai Peninsula and the Western Desert.
It’s pretty well-known nowadays among scientific communities that some nuclear energy scientists who are against the solar energy claim that the materials used in fabricating solar panels and related storage batteries are pollutants. How do you find this claim?
There is nothing perfect in this universe except its Creator subhanahu wa ta’ala. No doubt that the solar energy is easily heading the list of green energy sources especially in comparison with the lethal nuclear energy.
The majority of the currently used materials in fabricating solar panels are chemically considered pollutants. But it doesn’t produce any polluting materials at all.
Have you thought of presenting your idea to Zewail City of Science and Technology (ZCST) or to a presidential office of the new elected Egyptian president?
No I didn’t yet. But hopefully when the political situation calms down I think I’ll manage to do this important step insha’allah.
I’m currently working on a promising idea where I’ll collect with my friends, youth inventors and science researchers a sum of 100 Egyptian inventions which got official scientific approvals from ASRT. Afterwards, we’ll choose from them about top 10 inventions which fulfill the requirements of being nationally strategic and economically beneficial. Then, we’ll present this topping group of inventions to ZCST or the presidential office as you’ve suggested, in order for them to include these super 10 projects to the developmental plan of the new Egyptian ministry insha’allah.
May Allah support us in re-lifting this nation once again to its previous worldwide status as one of the historic major powers of the globe.
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