It is ironic that Nigeria, a leading oil producer, still suffers from frequent fuel and power shortages. But four school girls have found a solution from an unlikey source: Urine.
Most Nigerians have to rely on generators, because of the epileptic power supply. Many businesses have closed down because they cannot afford to buy expensive fuel from the black market to power their generators.
Faced with this problems, four teenagers from Doregos Private Academy School in Lagos, developed a generator powered by urine.
“We noticed that many Nigerians, who depend on a power supply have virtually been put out of business, because of high cost of power. So we decided to make a device that would reduce this problem. We noticed that waste products can be used to generate energy, that is why we decided to experiment on urine,” said Eniola Bello, one of the students.
The generator is powered by oxygen and hydrogen formed from urine stored in a compartment attached to the generator.
Adebola Dura-Aina, another student, said six litres of urine can power the small generator for 36 hours.