A 23 year old British inventor, Emily Cummins, has been named among the most outstanding top 10 young people in the world reports Mail Online.

[She] is receiving two major honours for her inventions which include a solar-powered fridge and a water carrying device designed for use in Africa.

The Leeds University graduate was selected as an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree by a jury of Nobel prize winners during an awards ceremony in Norway.

The award, which is in its second year, aims to recognise the work of ethical businessmen and women.

Miss Cummins, whose career as an inventor started in her grandfather’s shed, will also receive an award in Japan next month after being named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World winners by Junior Chamber International.

The solar-powered fridge, which she designed while still a schoolgirl, is now helping families in Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

It works through evaporation and can be used to keep perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days.

The fridge comprises two cylinders – one inside the other. The inner cylinder is made from metal but the outer cylinder can be made from anything to hand, including wood and plastic.

Photo by David Blaikie