Sierra Leone Invents Fuel-free Generator & Solar Tricycle
Two Sierra Leoneans have invented a 600watts in-built generator that supplies nonstop electricity; powers all types of appliances-except refrigerators, as a result of capacity.
The ‘Sierra Power Generator’ does not consume fuel. It does not produce smoke and noise. It powers electricity through a button, and no crank. It has an internal cooling system which constantly and efficiently helps supply Alternating Current (A/C) for days, weeks and months; as can be desired.
"The in-built generator is made up of a mixture of waste electrical components including two (2) rectified diodes, two (2) transformers, two (2) transmitters, two (2) circuit boards, two (2) earths and two (2) switches; and has a life span of six years-if precaution is fully adhered to by the user”, one of the inventors asserts.
The inventors are Emmanuel Alie Mansaray, 21, and Andrew Sahr Norma, 20, who are former pupils of Methodist Boys High School, Kissy, East of Freetown. Emmanuel and Andrew say they did not inherit inventory from their parents, rather, they were fortunate to learn Physics and Technology as subjects at school, from where they were selected in early 2017 for a represenation in the ‘Science Fair Innovation Competition’, held at Fourah Bay College-University of Sierra Leone; funded and organised by the Engineering Department of Cambridge University-UK, and Women in Mathematics, Cambridge and Science Resources Africa.
Photo: The two local inventors Emmanuel Alie Mansaray and Andrew Sahr Norma at work
Emmanuel says the idea of inventing the in-built generator comes as a result of his visit to Kambia District, Northwestern Sierra Leone, early 2018, where he noticed absolute lack of electricity, “as my co-inventor has also been sharing similar experience of his home district-Kono”. In his view, the generator will be of "economic benefit and blessing to inhabitants in rural and remote communities where poverty is largely felt".
"In the near future, our knowledge in technology can help us and the nation of Sierra Leone, to produce sustainable energy, if we are blessed with international scholarships to pursue our education in science and technology, in advanced universities around the world", suggests Andrew.
Prior to the invention of the 600watts in-built generator, Emmanuel and Andrew had invented a single-seater solar tricycle, and a mini radio station. Andrew says: "The solar tricycle covers about 50 kilometers per hour, and can be of immense importance and benefit to especially persons with disabilities, considering their challenges on movement plus the acute shortage of public transport in Sierra Leone".
The local inventors’ radio station of about 700 meter-range, with a tiny transmitter, which they named: “Kuntorlor Community Radio” has been interruptive to the bigger radio stations in the community including Citizen and Tumac FM in Kissy, East of Freetown. “We decided to shut ours as a result of the persistent complaints over interruption in the airwaves, since it is unlicensed and unauthorised”, Emmanuel tells the press.
If admitted into the University of Sierra Leone for this academic year, Emmanuel will study Geology, and Andrew will study Engineering Option. Over the years, they have been getting minor financial and moral support from Kite-SL, a Non-governmental Organisation that deals with the issues of persons with disabilities, whose office is situated at the back of 2020 Night Club, Kissy, Freetown, where Emmanuel and Andrew do their inventory works. They can be reached on cell phone numbers: +232 77 32-08-79/77 91-57-96 for more information on their invention, and any support for mass production of the generator.
By Alie Mozart Sesay