Emily Cummins

Emily thinks broadly, perseveres, and uses her persistence and her ambition to succeed against the odds. She makes her thoughts into deeds and her deeds into life-saving products.

Maureen Lipman

She's got the rare ability to make it sound as though she's chatting to you over a cup of coffee when she's speaking to hundreds.

Ian Capewell, Practical Action

I just wanted to let you know how truly inspirational your talk was. Your passion and commitment was catchy and had me questioning why I wasn't trying to follow in your footsteps.

Year 13 pupil

Your speech was brilliant today. I had never thought about engineering as a career but now I am seriously considering it.

Year 10 pupil

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Biography

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Bio: 75 words

Emily Cummins, 27, is an award-winning inventor with a passion for sustainable designs that change lives. Her latest innovation is a sustainable fridge which is 'powered' by dirty water but keeps the contents dry, hygienic and cool. Emily refined her fridge in African townships before giving away the plans to benefit local people. As a result of her work, Emily was named as One of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World 2010.

Bio: 140 words

Emily Cummins, 27, is an award-winning inventor whose interest in sustainable design began at the age of four, when her grandfather gave her a hammer and began to teach her how to make toys from scraps of materials found in his garden shed.

Teenage concern about our reliance on fossil fuel energy provoked Emily to design a sustainable fridge which is ‘powered’ by dirty water but keeps the contents dry, hygienic and cool. During her gap year, Emily went to live in an African township where she refined her fridge before giving away the plans to help improve the quality of life for people living in poverty across southern Africa.

As a result of her work, Emily was named as One of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World 2010 and the Barclays Woman of the Year 2009.

Bio: 215 words

Emily Cummins, 27, is an award-winning inventor whose interest in sustainable design began at the age of four, when her grandfather gave her a hammer and began to teach her how to make toys from scraps of materials found in his garden shed.

Teenage concern about our reliance on fossil fuel energy provoked Emily to design a sustainable fridge which is 'powered' by dirty water but keeps the contents dry, hygienic and cool. During her gap year, Emily went to live in an African township where she refined her fridge design before giving away the plans to benefit people living in poverty across southern Africa.

The fridge consists of two cylinders, one inside the other, between which a locally-sourced material such as sand, soil or wool is packed tightly and soaked with water. The sun's energy causes the outer part of the fridge to 'sweat'. As the water evaporates heat energy is drawn away from the inner cylinder, which therefore becomes cooler. The design is ideal for use in the developing world: it does not require electricity and can be built using ordinary household materials.

As a result of her work, Emily was named as One of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World 2010 and the Barclays Woman of the Year 2009.

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