Nigerian Girls Invent Generator That Runs On Urine

Three 14-year old Nigerian school girls have designed a generator that runs on urine


Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. The girls are 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 where people from the tiniest villages to those from big cities are talking about making stuff. This is part of an initiative by ‘Maker Faire Movement’ which seeks to showcase how traditional handicrafts can be a solution in the wake of expensive robot.

Their invention ensures that 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

The system works like this:

  • 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.





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18 thoughts on “Nigerian Girls Invent Generator That Runs On Urine

  1. we need more people like these girls. big up! the only thing that has impressed me from Africa.

  2. Big up you’ve broken the saying “Do you think my engine runs on water” We are proud of you and hope for more innovations to come from this.

    1. I don’t think it is specific to human urine bearing in mind the fact that the major content here needed is the hydrogen ions in urine.

  3. Africans are coming out. lets pray that in a few years to come, we get more than that. but our gov’ts sh’d support such innovations.

  4. Wow i should start exporting Uganda’s urine coz we drink a lot hence urine is in plenty.congratulations chineke girls…

  5. I am not excited. There are people who did this and are there trying to exploit the children to get money. I am a teacher who has taught at primary , secondary and post-primary levels in Uganda. Whoever wants to know more of what has happened ,contact me at: In fact such schemes are also in Kampala and I am aware of them.

  6. This is an interesting invention. I hope the Government of their Country is keen on this. It is my prayer that this project does not end at this display as I no longer hear about the KIIRA project of Makerere University.

  7. Interesting! Wat ar d plans to mas- produce 4 export? It has positve health implications becos it will make pple drink more water 4 more urine. More water is good 4 our system. Beta things jus de come from my Naija oooh

  8. I think this is great for those girls let us try many so we shall stop free donation from western world keep up.

  9. tis is just interesting. these girls need a push financially to turn down the expensive fuel, hoping to have a reduction on the prices of cars as well.

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