Student entrepreneur shortlisted for national sustainability award
Student entrepreneur shortlisted for national sustainability award for inventing innovative solar charger
This week student inventor and entrepreneur Feyi Ogunyeye, has been shortlisted for the Shell Livewire Smarter Futures award, for his work in creating a modern and consumer friendly USB solar charger, called the SolarDock.
The SolarDock is a portable USB solar charger for consumers and small businesses, aimed towards helping to remove our resistance to renewable energy adoption.
Feyi says that he first came up with the idea for the SolarDock, during a family summer holiday to Nigeria, when he became interested in the lack of “green energy” being used by people there, despite the large potential for its use.
After spending time researching the reason for this, he realised that whilst the interest in using renewable energy is generally high, with figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing 79% of UK adults favouring an increased use of renewable energy. Not everyone is currently open, or able to fit the use of more positive sources of energy in their everyday schedule.
Over the past few years Feyi has developed the SolarDock as a solar product for consumers, that fits comfortably within various office and household interiors, whilst being considerate of the energy consumption needs of different working individuals.
Alongside this, as a Plymouth University student, Feyi set up and runs technology company BrighThinking, under which he sells his own range of eco-friendly gadgets for consumers and small businesses.
In recent weeks Feyi has spoken about his experiences in creating BrighThinking and the SolarDock, during business and technology conference Future Sync, which has helped to gain the attention and nomination for the Shell Livewire Smarter Futures award.
The Shell Livewire Smarter Futures award, is a programme designed to promote some of the UK’s most innovative young entrepreneurs, with ideas that help to address future transport, energy and natural resource challenges, for a cleaner and more sustainable future.
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For more information on his nomination for the Shell Livewire Smarter Future award, developing the SolarDock and more, Feyi is available for comment via: