Gallery: Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled 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.

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  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

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