Transformer Spotlight: Reyhan Jamalova, Rainergy
In this spotlight, we’re featuring the work of Reyhan Jamalova, a 16-year old high school student and the founder of Rainergy, an initiative which aims to get electricity from rainwater to solve the problem of energy efficiency in rainy countries. Despite her young age, Reyhan has numerous incredible accomplishments already under her belt, including: the first Azerbaijani to be featured on the list of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and one of the most influential and inspiring 100 women selected by the BBC News in 2018.
Please can you tell us about your work?
At Rainergy, we source electricity from rainwater to solve the problem of energy efficiency in rainy countries. Our Rainergy device collects rainwater and uses it to produce electricity. It transfers the rich potential energy of rainwater into electricity through the motion created by the wheel. The electric energy is then stored in the accumulator for further use. Moreover, Rainergy reduces the amount of CO2 emissions to 10 g per KW/ H during the production of the electricity. This is a very low level of CO2, compared to the other current alternative energy solutions.
How is Engage and the Transform Fund going to help you achieve your ambitions?
Engage and The Transform Fund will assist us to improve our current prototypes, increase their efficiency and in particular, it helps me to achieve my goal: to make a difference and change lives of several people who live in rainy and low-income countries.
Which Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) does your work support the most?
Our work is focused on SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy.
Why do you think it’s important to support the SDGs?
It is essential to support SDGs since they play a huge role in changing our world and making it a better place in numerous different ways.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting a business to make a difference in today’s world?
I would like to give my advice by referring to this short story:
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
You might not be able to change the entire world, but at least by your work, you can change a small part of it for someone.
And finally, what was the last book you read and why?
The last book I read was ‘Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays’ by Stephen Hawking. I am interested in Einstein’s theory on general relativity, dark energy and quantum mechanics. I found that book a great source for a brief introduction to the area of astrophysics and quantum mechanics!