Listen up all you people out there who lose your mind and stock up on canned and powdered foods, bottled water and power generators every time you hear a hurricane is coming to town! (thank God I drink Almond milk and eat Fiber One…I only have to fight with people over 80 for my emergency food).
Four teenage (Nigerian…whoop whoop!) girls in Africa have come up with a way to use your own urine for power.
Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) discovered a way to convert 1 Liter of urine into fuel that provides their generator with six hours of electricity. They debuted their innovative creation this week at Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.
The concept of converting urine into fuel is not novel, yet these girls have turned this previous idea into an actual tangible process that even an average household can use. While this may not seem like a big deal to Americans, who only experience blackouts a few times a year, Africa’s people fall victim to multiple power outages on a daily basis; this could drastically change their quality of life.
There are many other studies and programs around this “pee-volution”, including waste management systems designed to turn urine into potable (drinkable) water (I think I’ll pass on that one).
These young ladies have a bright future ahead of them.
If you’re interested in just how this process occurs, you can find the steps below, courtesy of the Maker Faire Africa blog:
1. Urine goes in an electrolytic cell, which exhumes the hydrogen
2. Hydrogen goes through water filter for purification and then into a gas cylinder
3. Gas cylinder pushes the filtered hydrogen into another cylinder containing liquid borax, a natural mineral which removes moisture from the gas
4. Finally, the hydrogen is pushed into a power generator