The newly formed Rajasthan-based Aloe Ecell company in India has developed the world’s first 100% environmentally friendly and non-hazardous 1.5V AA and AAA batteries using the miraculous aloe vera. The technology converts the chemical energy inside the aloe plant into electricity.
The start-up has replaced the toxic and dangerous chemicals in standard batteries with plant electrolyte. These batteries do not pollute the soil, water or air, as no hazardous metals such as lead and mercury are used.
In addition, they are not dangerous to explode, as there are no electrolytes such as potassium hydroxide. Their production cost is 10% lower and the newly established company claims that its batteries last 50% longer than the corresponding normal dry cell batteries, a rather interesting element that adds to their “green” profile.
Batteries provide clean, green energy and can be easily disposed of without compromising on landfills and causing pollution or fire hazard. This not only helps the environment, but has the potential to provide many farmers with a regular income, while also helping the economy.
Aloe vera is widely recognized as an ingredient in moisturizers, as it has been shown to be beneficial for our skin, and is used as a natural remedy for various ailments, but now it seems that this soothing cactus-like plant can also generate electricity and power batteries.
This innovative technology has already won several important awards and will be part of the top eight start-ups from around the world at the Innovation 2021 Summit that started on June 29 in Barcelona.
Graduate engineers Nimisha Varma from Lucknow and Naveen Suman from Bundi, Rajasthan, took the aloe vera extract and added a few more herbal ingredients used in beauty products and medicines to make a battery electrolyte.
“It’s time to turn green. “Aloe vera is known to cure, but we have found a method of generating electricity from the chemical energy of aloe and some other plant ingredients,” Nimisha said in an interview with TOI from Spain.
But how did they come up with the original idea? “We wanted to do something about waste management. During the investigation, we found that the batteries used in everyday life are dangerous. They are one of the largest electronic wastes and primary causes of diseases. “It was then that we found a green energy solution by developing aloe batteries,” Nimisha explained.
The green idea was selected earlier by the US embassy for development and implementation. According to Nimisha, aloe batteries do not explode and can therefore be used safely on watches, toys and remote controls. These batteries can power low, medium and high conductivity devices.
The technology has not yet been patented, but the manufacturers say the average cost of these batteries will be around 9-10 rupees (0.11 euros / $ 0.13) per unit in India. We hope to soon become the first choice in the world in the use of battery for all consumers.
Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.
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