Four teenage girls from Africa – Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) – have invented a unique urine-powered generator, which was later demonstrated at Maker Faire Africa 2012 that took place in Lagos, Nigeria.
With this new system, you can get 6 hours of electricity out of 1 liter of urine – you’ll just have to pour it into an electronic cell, which will extract the hydrogen, send it into a water filter to purify it and then push it into a gas cylinder. Then the hydrogen goes through a liquid borax cylinder, which removes the moisture from the hydrogen gas and sends the purified hydrogen into the generator.
At this moment, not everything is clear with this device – we need more technical details: first of all, I personally wonder if it can be dangerous or explosive. Second, why urine? Couldn’t it use the hydrogen from water? And third, doesn’t this generator need electricity to perform all those actions? I hope all these things will be clarified soon.
But anyway, this is a really amazing idea, and I am sure bright future awaits the talented young ladies who’ve created this generator. If they make sure it is safe and start producing it, it can do much good – in Africa there’s a huge need for power.