Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and Bello Eniola aren’t even college grads — the young inventors barely in their teens! Growing up in a region with little natural resources, the girls were inspired to take on the challenge of creating an alternative energy system that could be further developed to solve energy solutions in their community.

The girls’ device removes valuable hydrogen from the urine, isolating it so it can be used as an energy source. The average person produces about two liters of urine a day, so the girls’ generator can easily be operated by an individual. One liter is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates the hydrogen. The hydrogen is then purified with a typical water filter, and extracted into a gas cylinder. The hydrogen’s journey is not over yet, though; it is then squeezed into another cylinder of liquid borax, which removes any excess humidity from the hydrogen. The hydrogen, now pure, can then be used in the generator.

Although the system produces six hours of electricity, it is not a stand-alone generator, as it requires electricity to initially power the electrolytic cell. Hydrogen is also volatile, so containing any amount of the pure gas is risky. But still, it’s a pretty impressive accomplishment for three girls who aren’t even old enough to legally drive. We can only imagine the great accomplishments in renewable energy they will achieve in the future.

* Duro-Aina Adebola (14),

* Akindele Abiola (14),

* Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and

* Bello Eniola (15)

The generator is on display at an exhibition in Lagos Nigeria and everybody shower their praise on the talents of the kids.

The best part is that just one Litre of urine will gives you 6 good hours of power supply. Their invention ensures that 1 Litre of urine will gives you 6 hours of electricity.

Here is how the system of the Generator operates:

  1. Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
  2. The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
  3. The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
  4. This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

What do you think of this invention? Probably, very soon they will be able to create one that will run with real-water.

Congrats to them, and YES. Nigerians Got Talents!

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Despite all we have been discussing in previous blogs, what should be a blessing in these respective nations of the world have rather become a curse. The corrupt oligarchies have only successfully been able to skim the cream off these nations and reaped the benefits for and only themselves. The reason for all these is simply a misplacement of priority. If a nation that is referred to as developing after almost 60 years of independence has no sincerely visible signs and tendencies of leaving that cadre of a ‘developing nation’ to developed, then the future is bleak for such.

The progress, development and advancement of any nation is primarily dependent on its ability to re-focus and enhance its technological prowess. Like the popular saying goes, ‘the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is now.’  What this is saying is that if certain steps were taken long before now, remarkable progress would have been recorded. However, these steps weren’t taken then (twenty years back) by reason of ignorance, negligence, etc…, having realized this mistake, another good time is now. This trend can no longer continue. If the future will hold anything for the yet unborn in our ‘so-called’ developing nations, then we must begin to give attention to technological possibilities. Now is the time to begin to pay cognizance to the demands of human sustenance through desired standard of living. We must remind ourselves that unless this is given heed and the place it deserves in our lives and economies, we will remain at the mercy of the developed nations and rather than making progress, we would only be going round in circles and become even more impoverished.

Like I earlier established, there only need to be a re-channeling of attention and efforts towards the need for technological advancement. If this is the case, it is only a matter of decades, the results will begin to manifest.






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Talking about third world nations, I wouldn’t want to use this piece to begin to tell you how the name or title came about. However, based on common understanding, the nations are so called by reason of their ‘strides’ in economic and technological attainment. The per capita income, gross domestic product (GDP) among other things are the indices for determination of same. Alas! Africa isn’t alone in this as there are a host of other non-African nations (in Asia and even Latin America) who are still tagged as third world nations.

As a matter of emphasis, let me say at this point that African nations are most blessed with not only intellectual but also natural and mineral resources. However, rather than harness and leverage on these resources as springboard for development and advancement, the reverse is the case. A country like Togo, for instance, is ranked as one of largest producers and exporters of phosphate, a mineral widely used for agricultural purposes, in addition, it is also renowned for production of significant chunk of world’s coffee, cocoa and even cotton. To a large extent, Togo is reliant on commercial agriculture, yet it is ranked one of the poorest (GDP per capita). Guinea is equally blessed with natural resources ranging from precious diamonds, gold to other metals, this is not to mention the natural potential of becoming a hub for hydroelectric power. Ethiopia prides itself as an agricultural nation with 85% of its work force employed in the agricultural sector. Mali is blessed with natural deposits of gold and uranium and also a major producer of livestock and salt. Nigeria isn’t left out as it is also blessed richly in deposits of crude oil, coal, tin & iron ore, limestone, zinc, gypsum, to mention a few.

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Technology, according to Wikipedia, is the collection of techniquesskillsmethods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings.

In my opinion, technology is the gap between the developed and developing nations. What has made the developed nations of the world so is simply their technological know-how. Over the centuries, America, Europe and other western nations have demonstrated great commitment and tremendous investments towards enhance their technological base. The essence of technology in virtually all aspects of human existence cannot be over-emphasized. These front-line nations of the world have taken advantage of this and have been able to better the lot of humanity. Apparently, this, of course, has paid off in subsequent years. They have become the trailblazers in practically every facet of human life and living.

For Africa as a continent, the converse holds. There is a sharp contrast from what obtains in the western world. What can be said to account for the backwardness of the third world countries? In the first place, why are they so-called? What does it even mean when a country is referred to as third world? In my opinion, what is responsible for this is simply in their priorities. The developed nations set their priorities right. They understand that for them to have better, more desirable and secured posterity, there is a price to pay. Did I say price? Yes. The price of looking inwards, thinking outside the box, the price of research, innovation and invention to come out with solution-providing results and outcomes capable of re-assuring them of their desired living standard.

In contrast, here in Africa, our mentality is outlandish in its entirety, we have a complete divergent set of priorities. We want to enjoy the good things of life, have the best of comfort possible, have best living standards, yes, and of course at a price too. The universal price; money. This would not have been an issue in itself but for the fact that we have developed insatiable taste and desire for unnecessary luxury. And when the means to ‘purchase’ or ‘pay for’ this said luxury is disproportionate to earning ability, it then becomes a problem and all avenues to acquire these ‘unnecessary luxury’ will therefore be brought to bear. This accounts for the corrosive degree of corruption in these third world countries which has blindfolded and hampered everyone from seeing the bright future which could only be achieved by vision-driven minds. The available resources which ought to be utilized and optimized for the purpose of investment and development of these nations are hijacked, diverted and syphoned by their leaders for the purpose of gratifying their selfish and ostentatious lifestyles.

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