Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. My colleague built a gassifyer that uses biomass pellets as fuel. Once the 5.
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A quartet of African teens have developed a generator that runs on urine. The Maker Faire's blog summarizes how it works:. Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.
Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces six hour of power for one liter of urine. At only 14 and 15 years old, the students are an inspiration for renewable energy developers everywhere and one can only imagine how useful a pee-powered energy generator would be in natural disasters or emergency situations. Growing up in a region with little natural resources, the girls were inspired to take on the challenge of creating an alternative energy system that could be further developed to solve energy solutions in their community.
A urine-powered generator presented by a group of school-age girls at an innovation fair in Africa is generating buzz as a world-changing breakthrough, but a reality-check with the expert who invented the contraption at the heart of the technology might flush those expectations down the drain. The contraption in question is an electrolytic cell that converts urea — the main compound in urine besides water — into nitrogen, water and hydrogen. According to information provided on the Maker Faire Africa website about the pee-powered system, one liter of urine provides six hours of electricity, though the site lacks details on how many watts are generated or what that electricity could power for six hours: an iPod or a neighborhood?
Four enterprising young African girls put together a generator that runs on a plentiful natural resource. Whether or not it could work efficiently is a different story. In a stroke of ingenuity that could have proven handy during Hurricane Sandy, four teenage African girls have come up with a urine-powered generator. Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, collaborated on the invention, which they claim generates one hour of electricity from one liter about a quart of urine.
An African Giraffe having a pee on safari in a South African conservation area. Royalty-Free Stock Footage. Close-up of an African Giraffe having a pee on safari in a South African conservation area.
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