These Teenage Girls from Africa Made a Urine Powered Generator

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When I was a teenager, I don't think I ever imagined doing anything other than playing video games and eating junk food. Luckily, these teenage girls weren't me because they've developed a generator that can be powered with urine. Yep, it's pee-powered.


Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Bello Eniola are 14 and 15-year-old kids from Nigeria who've cooked up a system where 1 liter of electricity can get you 6 hours of electricity. That's the best use of pee I can think of. Here's how it 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.

The girls made the pee-powered generator for Maker Faire Africa and you can read up more about their project here. [Maker Faire Africa via Neatorama]


Andrew Thomas Clifton

First of all, YAY. that sounds really awesome!!! this thing could totally change the world and shit

so... why are they from Africa in the title but from Nigeria in the article? thats pretty silly isn't it? since Africa isn't a country or anything...I just figured you would actually say where they are from as a nation in the title too