Girls Solving Global Energy Problems With Pee Power

by W.F. Price on November 13, 2012

In Nigeria, a few schoolgirls set up a contraption that extracts energy from urine. Evidently, a liter of piss can keep the lights on for six hours. I had no idea that pee had so much juice, so to speak, but hey, think of the potential.

Four African girls have created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel.

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.

So how exactly does the urine-powered generator work?

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.

And as for delivering the fuel itself? Well, we’ll leave that up to the consumer.

With just a couple sixpacks, I could keep the lights on all week. Entire cities could be powered by the effluent of one NFL game. If it actually worked, it would be a great leap forward for mankind.

Of course, it probably doesn’t. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

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