24-Year-Old Inventor Builds First Solar Powered From Trash

By: | June 17th, 2021

Image Courtesy: Emmanuel Alieu Mansaray

Pollution is a major problem in Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa. It has been rated as the 17th most vulnerable country in the world in terms of air pollution.

So to protect its people and the environment from the negative effects of pollution, a 24-year-old man has built a solar car from the trash.

Fighting pollution in an ingenious way

The man behind the idea is Emmanuel Alieu Mansaray, a college student from Freetown, Sierra Leone. This self-taught inventor took three years to finish his dream project. The car is made from trash and scraps which he picked from his surroundings. The photovoltaic car cost him $500 to complete.

The solar-powered trash car can go up to 9 miles an hour or 15 Km/h. Mansaray regularly drives it around the town. He calls it the ‘Imagination car’.

Mansaray says that his project has been well received by all “I have received lots of positive feedback from people all over the world. They told me that I’m a clear positive example to the world. I made a breakthrough with nothing. Some even wanted to help me financially for me to improve on my work but they don’t have enough money.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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