Mike Chino

Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled Batteries

by , 10/14/08

energy seed streetlight, recycled battery street lamp, sungwoo park, sunhee kim, alternative lighting, sustainable design, green design, recycled alkaline batteries

Although consumer electronics are tending towards rechargeable batteries these days, those ubiquitous alkaline disposables continue to present an environmental problem. Now Sungwoo Park and Sunhee Kim have designed the Energy Seed, an illuminating way to encourage battery recycling. The street lamp is powered by the residual energy left in spent batteries, establishing an immediate visual connection with the act of recycling. Simply deposit your dead batteries in the cylindrical storage compartment and their energy is pooled to power a luminescent LED halo.


energy seed streetlight, recycled battery street lamp, sungwoo park, sunhee kim, alternative lighting, sustainable design, green design, recycled alkaline batteries

Disposable alkaline batteries present a particularly charged environmental conundrum. Manufactured metaphors for a consumer culture gone awry, their hazardous composition and single-use life cycles reap grave environmental repercussions if they are simply tossed in the trash. Their composition includes heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, all of which can seep out and contaminate the earth unless they are properly disposed.

The Energy Seed encourages battery recycling while making use of the minute levels of energy left in “dead” battery cells. The functional street lamp consists of a ring of LEDs stemming from a cylindrical battery storage compartment. The lamp’s base features slots for almost every size battery and once deposited each cell’s energy is pooled to power the energy-efficient light. Once the compartment has been filled to capacity the batteries can be easily collected and recycled.

+ Sung Woo Park

Via Yanko Design

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


1 Comment

  1. Keter October 17, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    The heart of this is a Joule Thief circuit, which is easy to make yourself.

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/11/make_a_joule_thief_weeken_1.html

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?