IBM researchers from the company’s India Segment have developed a power device from discarded laptop batteries. If this concept turns into a reality, the company expects to offer low cost power devices to its users across India. Additionally, if this concept scales up to the expectations of the IBM researchers, then it can also put an end to environmental problems created by laptop battery scrap.
According to our sources, IBM is planning to create power devices which can act as emergency lighting systems and driven by laptop battery scrap. This will help those areas which are reigning under severe power crisis in India.
The innovative project is named as URJar and is being currently tested by street vendors as well as some slum dwellers located in Bengaluru area of India. The team from IBM partnered with RadioStudio to propel this concept with an aim of testing three-year-old batteries that were discarded by reputed IT Company listed among the toppers of Fortune 500.
IBM researchers in their recent finding came to know that the discarded laptop batteries still have the potential to turn into power packs, if carefully utilized. They discovered in their research that the batteries still have enough juice to light up LED lights, run a small fan or even support a single mobile power recharge.
Typically, a laptop battery fuels a large screen as well as its heavy components for around 5 hours on an average. So, this reveals us the fact that the discarded battery has quite a lot of juice left in it when it’s abandoned.
NDTV gadgets released a bit of technical details on IBMs power device from discarded batteries on a recent note. As per their news post, IBM scientists have cut open the battery pack and pluck out individual working cells in order to create a new power unit. They used those working cells in an URJar prototype which provided a testing environment for the company researchers who recently achieved success in creating a power bank which can power LED light bulbs and charge a mobile.
The highlight in this research is that the main component is coming from trash, which is what makes the whole system so cost-effective.
Currently, the prototype is out and is being tested in few slums of India. If this attains success, then IBM plans to release such products on a commercial note worldwide, after making few design changes, in order to make them handy.
As per the available reports presently, IBM is planning to present this product just for $7.