As many people around the world have been effected by hurricane Sandy, there’s been a loss of lower and a demand for generators to power hospitals, restaurants, ad homes. Four teenagers from Nigeria are out to change the world. 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatyoin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola created the world’s first urine-powered generator. They premiered their ingenious invention at Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.
Here’s how it works (according to The Next Web):
- Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.
- The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
- The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
- This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
- 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.
Nigeria, shown in red in the map below, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populated country in the entire world. Nigeria’s poverty rate is unknown, but according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, “the poverty rate in Nigeria may have risen to 71.5 per cent, 61.9 per cent, and 62.8 per cent using the relative, absolute and dollar-per-day measures, respectively…” Now, ask yourself, how can you change the world? Most of you reading this have way more resources at your fingertips than those four girls combined. Put your life to good use.