Girl from Azerbaijan makes a mark

Reyhan Camalova at GES-2017 in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Reyhan Camalova at GES-2017 in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) -2017 has brought forth several young innovative minds with a fire in the belly and teenagers like Reyhan Camalova from Azerbaijan to turn into entrepreneurs.

The 15-year-old’s start-up ‘Rainergy’ has caught the attention of Advisor to US President Ivanka Trump who complimented the young girl in her inaugural speech about the prototype the girl made.

“Reyhan is 15 year-old but that hasn’t stopped her from founding a company that harvests energy from rain water. Reyhan has a powerful motto - light up one house at a time,” Ms.Ivanka said.

Rainergy is a concept the young girl developed and with the help of her father, a medical doctor, made a prototype to generate electricity from rain water.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of GES, Reyhan Camalova, a ninth grader said she was passionate about eco-friendly alternative energies. When power can be generated from sun light, wind, sea waves, she felt why not from rain water. Rainergy is a rainwater energy generator that will be helpful for low income families living in rural areas, said the young CEO and the founder.

The girl, who loves Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, says she was always interested to learn more about inventions, inventors and her father encouraged her to work on her concept.

The prototype she developed was a four part rain water energy generator device which has rain water collector and battery to store the energy generated by the high speed wheel.

The young entrepreneur says to develop the real device, she will require $20,000 and the prototype got approval from the Communication and High Technology Department of Government of Azerbaijan.

“I decided to apply to GES-2017 at US Embassy, Baku, to seek support for funding to develop our prototype,” she says.

She has been doubtful of approval as a delegate as she is only 15 but glad she made it.

She believes her device to generate electricity from rain water will be helpful to countries with good rains like India, Indonesia and her start-up company could be scaled up eventually to manufacture and sell it in global market to provide clean energy.

Reyhan has two older siblings, one a mathematics teacher and another brother pursuing electrical engineering back home.

Passionate about inventing new things that will help people all around the world, Reyhan loves to play piano which she learnt from her music-teacher mother and watch science fiction movies.

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