Kenyan student, Samuel Karumbo, has graced Kenya and Africa with an amazing solar-powered car.
Before, the history of science and technology in Africa received little or no attention compared to other regions in the world. It had become a common thing to read mostly negative things about Africa. Today, however, that conception is fast changing as African countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa are fast making their way in the technology industry.
There have been an increased number of great technological developments in Africa from startups to inventions. Though most of these innovations are emerging from the thriving of tech hubs popping up across Africa, most of the technology transforming the continent comes from elsewhere.
However, Africans can still boost of progress in the Technology industry. It is in Africa that we will hear of inventions like; Ugandan Engineers Mamaope jacket that can detect pneumonia, Cameroon’s Arthur Zang’s tablet that monitors your heart, Steamaco electricity grid in Kenya that can provide electricity for a whole village.
Also, we are talking of the latest developer of a solar powered car that is making rounds in Kenya. The solar powered car was developed by a 30 year old Kenyan student Samuel Karumbo. His childhood desire to own a less expensive car motivated him to come out with this innovation – transforming dream to reality
Benefits of a Solar Powered Car
The invention of a solar powered car is practical in a continent characterized by very hot climatic conditions. The car uses energy from the conversion of the sun’s energy into electricity through the exchange of photons and electrons inside the solar cell. Thus, the availability of sun at all time during the day, gives everyone the opportunity to have this car without cost for maintenance.
🔸 [Photos] 🔸 Kenyan student develops solar-powered car
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A solar powered car has many benefits that make it fit for the African environment. Some of them are;
- It produces no harmful emission in the air when it is running
- Its motor is much more efficient and quiet than the gasoline engine.
- The motor does not produce vibrations and it is generally smaller and maintenance free.
- The car is much lighter.
- The car does not require refueling and oil changes since it uses the sun to get its energy
- He said the vehicle depends heavily on gravity when on descend.
- The motor acts as a generator for producing energy for later use.
- The car can cover about 50 km in a day.
- This hybrid car can also be used to charge phones or provide home lighting.
In other to achieve a complete dream, Karumbo is appealing for financial support for his project.
There is always this problem of funding that always pops up. And this has been a major barrier for young inventors, creators and entrepreneurs in Africa. Unfortunately or fortunately, most funds for African technology do not come from philanthropists. They come from foreign investors who always expect returns.
Challenges faced by Young African Inventors and Creators
Access to capital
Young inventors and startups in Africa face a severe lack of capital that would allow them to grow their businesses beyond local, informal markets.
According to Ndubuisi Ekekwe, founder of the African Institute of Technology, while rapid advances in internet penetration are improving the innovation atmosphere, basic components of infrastructure like power, roads, post offices are still severely lacking. Investments in these basic building blocks will allow businesses to expand more rapidly and make their operations more efficient.
He added that many potential foreign investors are scared away by corrupt public institutions and the seeming inability or unwillingness of African legal systems to enforce property rights and IP protection.
Most African inventions are geared towards solving the problems faced by Africans. For example, Dougbeh Chris Nyan born in Liberia worked with Scientists both in Liberia and America to invent a battery-powered device that provides a quick and cheap test for seven different infections at a time. It is generally common to find a person in Africa diagnosed of different diseases, thus making the invention Africa-induced.
African governments should encourage young creators and inventors to bring inventions that will come to solve an African problem. This will lead to Africa’s rise in Technology in the nearest future.[gtranslate]