Giant strides by the pee-girls

By Tolulope Ariyomo

No doubt, you have read the news. The four girls. Four inventors aged 14 (one is 15) from Africa (Nigeria) and their invention – a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single litre of urine as fuel.

Eric Pfeiffer provides the details:

“The generator was unveiled at last week’s Maker Faire in Lagos, Nigeria, by the four teens Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all age 14, and Bello Eniola, 15.”

“How the urine-powered generator works:

    • 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.”

READ Eric Pfeiffer’s here.

This was the star attraction at the last The Maker Faire, a popular event across Africa.

Three of the four inventors of the urine-powered generator (Photo Credit: Eric Hersman)
Three of the four inventors of the urine-powered generator (Photo Credit: Eric Hersman)

So, what is the story?

Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Bello Eniola are young teenage high school girls in Lagos, Nigeria. Their invention is further proof that the African continent must expose the girl child to proper education and grant equal rights to female kids as they would their male counterparts. With the right environment and motivation, girls will work hard side by side with their male counterparts in the onerous task of finding sustainable and lasting solutions to the various challenges being faced by Africa.

Tolulope is the editor of the women-in-science blog of the NDi

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