Segun Oyeyiola, a student at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, had a genius idea for his commute. He converted his Volkswagen Bettle into a clean-energy machine by installing a wind turbine in the hood and a solar panel on the top. No more fuel needed here! All together, the retrofit was $6,000.
In an email to Co.Exist, Oyeyiola, said “I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect: seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected. Therefore, I came up of building a car that will use both winds and solar energy for its movement. This was my personal project because of the problem I’m planning to solve.”
Some engineers were stunned by the accomplishment. Dr. John Preston of McMaster University’s engineering physics department says hes never seen anything like it.
“If you could find a way to use both wind and solar in the same vehicle, that would be a marvelous thing. Using wind and solar means you wouldn’t have to drive just during daylight hours. If he has figured a way to do it, that would be quite remarkable,” Preston said.