An MIT IDEAS Competition team, Lebônê Solutions Inc., was chosen for a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine. The full story will be published in the November issue.
Lebônê developed a microbial fuel cell (MFC), which is a dirt-powered battery that can be deployed to rural, off-grid communities by local entrepreneurs. The cells harness energy from the metabolic reactions of bacteria found naturally in soil. The bacteria-powered batteries can provide sufficient power to light a home, charge a cell phone or power radios. Lebônê holds a patented design for its MFCs.
The Lebônê team, consisting of Aviva Presser Aiden (G, Course 7), Hugo Van Vuuren and Stephen Lwendo, was awarded $7,500 Yunus Innovation Challenge to Alleviate Poverty Award sponsored by Muhammed Abdul Latif Jameel.
Read more about Lebônê Solutions in The New York Times: For Africa, ‘Energy From Dirt’
Visit the Lebônê Solutions website