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Azerbaijani student named in Forbes 30 Under 30 list


For the first time in Forbes 30 Under 30 history, Azerbaijan was represented on the list by a 15-year-old entrepreneur.

 

Reyhan Jamalova has invented a product called "Rainergy," which is designed to harvest rainwater as a source of electricity. A rising star already, Jamalova has won accolades for her invention and was the youngest attendee of the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in India in November 2017.

 

This potentially disruptive device caught the eye of none other than Ivanka Trump, who praised the technology and its potential contributions to society. Speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderbad last year, Trump addressed the young inventor from the stage: "Reyhan, each home you light up is illuminating the world. We are inspired by your brilliance and your hard work. Thank you."

 

She also won an Honourable Mention at the Model UN Conference in Azerbaijan in 2017 and made it to the final stage of the competition at ClimateLaunchpad, Europe's largest green business idea competition.  

 

Jamalova, in cooperation with her school friends and physicists created the Rainergy device, which produces electricity from falling rain. It consists of four main parts: a rain collector, water tank, electricity generator and battery. The rain collector fills the water tank with rain water, which then goes through an electricity generator at high speed, creating electricity. The energy is then stored in the battery, helping relieve pressure on power grids, and allowing yet another option for access to power for underserved communities.

 

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