Last week at Maker Faire Africa, four Nigerian teenage girls presented a generator powered by—wait for it—pee.

Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, invented the machine, which separates hydrogen from urine with an electrolytic cell, purifies the hydrogen, and pressurizes the resulting gas through a generator to power a lightbulb. According to the girls, one liter of urine can produce up to 6 hours of electricity.

There is much discussion on Maker Faire’s project page as to whether this is a sustainable model for small-scale energy production in developing nations—and the consensus seems to be no. However, Geraldine Botte, inventor of the urea-electrolysis process, suggests that the young inventors work with an engineer to find more applications for their generator. Botte suggests that this technology could potentially cut down on energy usage at wastewater treatment facilities.

And have we mentioned that these gals are all under the age of 16? You go, girls!

 

Photo via makerfaireafrica.com

Tagged in: urine, teenage girls, sustainability, nigeria, Maker Faire Africa, maker faire, inventions, inventing, gross but cool, girl power, generator, Crafty, Crafts   

The opinions expressed on the BUST blog are those of the authors themselves and do not necessarily reflect the position of BUST Magazine or its staff.




blog comments powered by Disqus
Facebook_websiteTwitter_websitePinterest_websiteRSS_websiteTumblr_websiteIG_website

Upcoming Events

Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series
August 21, 2014 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
She Keeps Bees Fall Tour Begins
August 21, 2014 (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
AFROPUNK 2014
August 23, 2014 (All Day)
Jessica Delfino with Duckie
August 23, 2014 (9:00 pm - 9:05 pm)
View Full Calendar

Shop The BUSTShop