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Brilliant: African Girls Unveil a Urine-Powered Generator

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The brilliance in Africa is sometimes beyond comprehension.  It may not get the attention it deserves in American media, but it certainly exists in high abundance.  Four African girls are receiving international attention for the creation of a power generator that runs on the stuff that we don’t seem to have much use for:  urine.

The generator was unveiled at the Maker Faire in Lagos, Nigeria.  It is the product of the hard work of four young women:  Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all age 14, and Bello Eniola, 15.

Here is a summary by Yahoo News of how the generator does its work:

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the 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.

The Maker Faire is an event designed to highlight the inventions from all across Africa designed to solve serious problems.   The event is then designed to provide on-going support to inventors to help them to see their inventions to market and full development.

According to Nextweb, the invest is one “that solve immediate challenges and problems, and then works to support and propagate them. Put another way, this isn’t just a bunch of rich people talking about how their apps are going to change the world.”