An amazing video of an innovative Ghanaian man who makes power banks from used laptop and dry cell batteries has gone viral after it was shared by the United Nation's Environmental Programme (UNEP) former executive director.
The story of Mark Amo-Boateng has gone viral after his innovation of making power banks from used dry cell and laptop batteries was noted and shared by the UN's Environmental Programme's (UNEP) former executive director, Erik Solheim.
Amo-Boateng uses laptop batteries and dry cell batteries that would have otherwise been thrown away, to make power banks.
These alternative power generators made by Amo-Boateng come in various sizes and with equally varying capacities. The biggest one, according to Amo-Boateng can "power a house".
Solheim in sharing the video on Twitter, wrote:"Instead of dumping discarded laptop batteries, they get a reboot in Ghana. Extremely innovative Young entrepreneur. Hats off!"
The video was produced as part of German broadcaster DW's Global Ideas and Environment project.
Amo-Boateng's product is called the PowerTube. The power banks can last between two and 10 years.
The PowerTube power banks maybe an environmentally friendly alternative power source but they do not come cheap. Their prices range from 800 Euros or GHC 4,200 to 1,500 Euros or GHC 8,700.
So far, Amo-Boateng has sold 10 of his power banks. The hope is that his innovation will catch the eye of individuals and organisation with the requisite resources to push PowerTube.
Meanwhile, praise is coming for Paapa Dankyi, 28, the Managing Director of Ghana's fastest growing plumbing agencies in the country.
He has been running SAMODAK, the Kisseman branch, for the last 4 years and has since transformed the direction of the business into one that is ubiquitous, far more reaching and socially relevant.
An alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Arts and Industry, Paapa attended Pastor Abaidoo Prep. School, Okuapeman Senior High School and will soon complete his Master’s Degree (Executive MBA) at GIMPA.
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