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2015 Top 20 Under 20™ award recipient
Lauren Reid , 18

Ontario

 

After realizing that wind turbines are idle up to 80% of the time because they require a wind speed of 14 kph, significantly greater than the median speed of 7-10 kph, Lauren came up with a new blade design that allows the turbine to function in wind speeds as low as 3.5 kph. This technology would allow the world’s 90,000 wind turbines to generate clean electricity over 95% of the time and reduce emissions by millions of pounds per day. In 2014, Lauren started her school’s first science fair, which offered workshops and awards. The winners in the first year were female music students, who went on to become finalists at the national level.