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Einstein Would Be Proud Of This Urine-Inspired Invention



After Hurricane Sandy ripped the East Coast to shreds, thousands of people were left stranded without power, shelter and in some cases, hope. These unlucky individuals could have used a recent idea created by four african teenage girls. Fourteen-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola showcased their unique invention, a urine-powered generator, at the Maker Faire Africa earlier this month. The annual event, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria this year, gathers the small Einstein's throughout Africa together for a look at ideas that may help shape the future of their continent.

  • Maker Faire Africa

The urine-powered generator works like this:

• 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.

After all said is done, the one liter of urine gives you six hours of electricity. Yes, six hours! That's a lot of power for a few trips to the restroom, simply brilliant.

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