Who’s that girl?

Published on March 5th, 2012
Who's that girl?

Emily Cummins is only 25 years old, but she’s already an award-winning inventor … and she’s using her brilliant brain to help many people around the world.

Take her first major invention, which she created at 15: a special toothpaste squeezer for people suffering from arthritis. She invented it for a school project after noticing how her grandfather struggled to squeeze the stuff out of a normal tube.

But when it comes to helping others, this was only the beginning. A few years ago, Emily created something that’s now changing the lives of thousands of people right here in southern Africa. A solar-powered fridge.

It may seem crazy to use something hot to make something cold, but that’s exactly what Emily did. She built the first prototype in her grandfather’s shed in the UK, where she made it entirely out of household stuff so the final product could be created and used in poverty-stricken places.

“I wanted to keep it really simple and so I set about researching how we cooled things years ago,” she said. “The simplest method of cooling something could be seen when you look at how we cool biologically – through sweating or evaporation.”

Here’s how Emily’s design works:
















Now that’s what we call a cool invention… And the coolest part of all? Instead of selling her smart design for millions, Emily made the plans freely available to townships across Southern Africa. This means that anyone can make and use her fridge, as long as they give her credit and don’t try to make any money from it. For more info, visit Emily’s website or click here to watch a video of Emily.

Fridge image from: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1108343/Amazing-solar-powered-fridge-invented-British-student-potting-shed-helps-poverty-stricken-Africans.html