The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Humans have increased atmospheric CO2 concentration by 47% since the Industrial Revolution began.
With the global CO2 on the rise, car exhausts emit a wide range of gases and solid matter, causing global warming, acid rain, and harming the environment and human health. Cars, trucks, and other forms of transportation are the single largest contributor to air pollution in the world.
Born on the 25th July 2002 in Calaba Town, Sierra Leone. Mamadu Ndulador Bah is a Sierra Leonean inventor that invented a fuel-free generator that uses no fuel, water, oil, sun-power, and CO2 -free. Mamadu Ndulador Bah attended the Bassa Town Primary School, Waterloo. He later forwarded his Junior Secondary School at the Lorenzo Gorve Memorial Secondary School where he sat to his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). After completing his Juinor Secondary, he later moved to Ahmadiyya Muslim Senior Secondary School where he sat to his West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Mamadu Ndulador Bah’s initial dream was to become a pilot but later dropped that dream of his, poverty, unavailability of Aviation Schools in Sierra Leone, and support to further his education. At the age of nine, Mamadu started innovation. In 2012, he was watching a movie titled ‘Merlin’ when their generator eventually went off at the interesting scene of the movie due to lack of fuel. Mamadu became frustrated as he went to his room and began to think if he can do something extraordinary like creating a fuel-free generator. The journey to invent a fuel-free generator began. He asked colleagues and family members if it’s possible to make a fuel-free generator, and their reply was “no.” They told him a black man cannot do it. Let alone a black man from Sierra Leone, only a white man can because they have the platform and materials.
He didn’t let those words pull him down. In 2015, during the Ebola epidemic, he invented his first fuel-free generator prototype but it had noise and produced CO2. So he decided to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from CO2 and noise pollution – which he invented this year using most of his ‘no school’ time working on the generator during the Corona pandemic.
I had an interview with him to tell his inspiring and fascinating story.
Q. Tell us about your invention and what prompted you to invent a fuel-free generator?
“I invented a fuel-free generator that uses no fuel, no water, and no sun-power to put it on, and also it is sound-free and CO2-free. What prompted me to invent a fuel-free generator was, when I was nine years old I was watching my favorite movie called ‘Merlin’ when our generator went off at an interesting scene of the movie due to lack of fuel. I became frustrated and angry. I went to my room and began to think if I can do something extraordinary like creating a fuel-free generator. So I started bringing up these ideas on how to do it. In 2015, during the Ebola epidemic, I invented my first fuel-free generator prototype but it had noise and produced CO2. So I decided to take advantage of the global pandemic and ‘stay at home’ to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from CO2and noise which could be environmentally friendly and that which won’t affect our planet – which I invented this year using most of my ‘no school’ free-time. Another thing that also prompted me to invent a fuel-free generator was my community. In my community where I live, there is no access to electricity, and most of my colleague students are also deprived of access to electricity which makes it very difficult to study at night. So I had to think of something creative and environmentally friendly that will help salvage the situation in my community.”
Q. Where and how did you learn innovation?
“I didn’t learn from anyone. I did it all by myself. It’s an inspiration from God. It’s in me.”
Q. Why a fuel-free generator?
“Look at these ‘foreign made generators,’ they have a lot of negative effects like the releasing of carbon monoxide that affects our climate and also our health. They are also agents of noise pollution. So I wanted to create something environmentally friendly and health-friendly which won’t affect our climate and our health – so I decided to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from noise and CO2 and one that is 100% non-renewable.”
Q. Your fuel-free generator, what is its voltage?
“This is a prototype, It has a voltage of 220V. It can power an 18 inches flat-screen TV and also it can charge mobile phones. It can power any electrical gadget with 500Watts.”
Q. What are your dreams and aspirations?
“I just want to be like the Elon Musk in Africa. I have something greater in me that will compete with him. I want to create 100% non-renewable cars, planes, trains, and so on. I just want to change the world and save it from the things that are affecting it: like global warming.”
Q. What are some of the challenges you’re encountering as an inventor in Sierra Leone?
“One is sponsorship, and two is the unavailability of equipment and training. I don’t have the actual partners to team up with and create something big than this. I need sponsors to help me get the required training. With that, I can do something even bigger than this. My innovation ideas are to help change my community, country, and the world at large. So I believe if I have the required training and education, I will accomplish my dreams that will change the world.”
Q. What message do you have for potential sponsors and the government?
“They have to look for people like us. I want them to support me get the required education and training. They don’t have to be scared to help. I can do much better than this. All I need is sponsorship and help me attain the required level of training and education that I need. I am ready to be the next Elon Musk of Africa!!!”