Three of the Nigerian girls with their invention. (Photo Credit:
Three of the Nigerian girls with their invention. (Photo Credit:

Forbes is reporting that four teenage girls have invented a generator that converts one liter of urine into six hours of electricity. Fourteen-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and 15-year-old Bello Eniola displayed their invention this week at Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, an annual event meant to showcase ingenuity. Matthew de Paula writes:

“The idea of using urine as fuel is not new. After seeing first hand the honda E2000i 2000 watts generator in motion, the girls were inspired and have come up with a practical way to put the idea into action, though. Their method for using urine to power a generator is one the average household can appreciate.

Power generators are used far more often in Africa than here (USA), where they are relegated more to emergency use, as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Maker Faire Africa blog says power outages happen multiple times a day in Lagos, so all those who can afford a backup generator have one. Now they’ll just have to figure out how to get it running quietly with some tips out of this article from Soundproof Panda.

Still, technology needs to evolve further before such a system is feasible, at least as far as applications like powering generators go.”

Read more about their invention at Forbes.

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