Teenagers‘ minds work in mysterious ways. Because they are always flooded with ideas, in most cases they drive parents to silent insanity. However in the occasions when enthusiasm is coupled with creativity and feel for science and concerns for the environment, the youngsters are capable of inventing the most incredible technologies.
The other day, Inhabitat made a small compilation of the greatest green inventions by teenagers that can transform our planet to a much better and greener place – we took it and linked each of them to a story we wrote at the time, so you can read more about each. Enjoy!
19-year-old Boyan Slat designed a cleanup array, which can remove all garbage from the world’s oceans in 5 years.
16-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad found a catalyst, which could turn waste plastic into biofuel worth $78 million.
Four 14- and 15-year old girls from Nigeria created a renewable energy generator, which could provide energy for six hours using 1 liter of urine.
19-year-old Aisha Mustafa created the system, which could send a rocket in space using only a drop of fuel.
13-year-old Aidan Dwyer utilized Fibonacci sequence to produce a solar tree design, which generates up to 50% more power than an equivalent flat solar array.
16-year-old Elif Bilgin from Turkey managed to turn waste banana peel into non-decaying bioplastic through a self-developed chemical process.
18-year-old Eesha Khare developed an energy storage device that can last for 100,000 charge cycles and fit within a cell phone battery.
14-year-old Deepika Kurup invented a purification system powered by solar energy in her own backyard. The idea for the invention was triggered by seeing Indian children drinking from a pool of stagnant water.
16-year-old Conrad Farnsworth built a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage, making him one of the only 60 people in the world, who were able to build a successful nuclear fusion reactor.
19-year-old Taylor Wilson designed a cheap and safe modular fission reactor with a 30-year fuel life and very low usage cost.