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Entrepreneur Creates Soccer Balls That Generate Energy As You Play

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Reliable electricity is still a luxury in many developing countries. Over a billion people around the world do not have access to stable energy sources. Many of those who do not have energy rely on power sources like diesel generators or kerosene lamps which often pollute the air and cause health problems. Tech entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews decided to create an off-grid solution, so she invented a technology that harnesses kinetic energy and produces clean power. 

During a trip to Nigeria to attend her aunt’s wedding, the power went out at the event and back up generators were used. Due to faulty infrastructure, her family and the people in that area were accustomed to losing power several times a day. Matthews realized that the toxic fumes the generators emitted were a dangerous part of life for many people living in areas with spotty energy systems.