People are using recycled laptop batteries to power their homes

August 23, 2017 by  
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Why spend thousands of dollars on a Tesla Powerwall when you could build your own – for a fraction of the cost? This is a question many alternative energy enthusiasts have asked, and it is ultimately what has led hundreds of people to develop their own versions using recycled laptop batteries. Now that plans for DIY Powerwalls are being shared for free online, several people have created rigs capable of storing far more energy than the Tesla version. On Facebook , YouTube and in forums , people are learning how to safely create their own DIY versions that cost much less than a Tesla Powerwall. One of the most popular powerwall builders is Jehu Garcia . He told Vice, “It’s the future. It’s clean, simple, efficient and powerful.” Joe Williams , another DIY powerwall enthusiast, added ”The end result is being able to rely on something I not only built myself but understand the ins and outs of to power some or all of my electricity in my home. That is inspiring.” There are several DIY versions capable of storing more energy than Tesla’s Powerwall. On the French forum  Diypowerwalls.com , user Glubux said his powerwall can store 28 kWh of energy. “I run all the house with it, in fact I even bought an electric oven and induction cooking plate to use the extra energy during summer,” they said. Australian YouTuber Peter Matthews claims he has created a gigantic battery that can store 40 kWh of energy. Reportedly, it harvests power from over 40 solar panels on Matthews’ roof and stores nearly enough power for his home’s electricity needs. “The only things I don’t run are the big air conditioners and the water heating system,” he said. The alternative energy aficionado created DIYpowerwalls as well as the most popular powerwall Facebook group . Related: Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings Most of the powerwall hobbyists recommend using 18650 lithium-ion batteries for their projects. The batteries are usually encased in a colorful plastic and can be found inside electronics, such as laptops. If sourced online or from a computer store, the batteries will cost more than $5 a piece. If obtained second-hand, from old Dell, HP, Lenovo and LG laptops, it’s possible to save hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars on the project. Of course, one might meet challenges collecting the batteries , as tech companies frown upon their creative repurposing. A positive effect of the DIY powerwall trend is that it reduces waste . According to Carl E. Smith, the CEO and president of  Call2Recycle , approximately 95 percent of consumer batteries which are sold in the US are not recycled and are ultimately thrown away. ”Virtually all batteries can be recycled into valuable secondary products which is the biggest reason why they should not be landfilled and should be recycled instead,” he said. Though it can be time-consuming to source the used batteries, it’s a worthwhile investment according to DIY powerwall enthusiasts. And, if one carefully follows instructions when building their own version (such as those that follow), the risk of burning down one’s house is minimized. Ultimately, there is a risk associated with creating your own energy storage device, but the trend can’t be ignored as it grows in popularity. Via Motherboard Vice Images via  Daniel Römer ,  Jehu Garcia ,  Glubux

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Singapore-Based Engineers Debut the World’s First Open-Source Laptop

April 7, 2014 by  
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With most Laptops , what you buy is what you get. But two Singapore-based engineers Andrew “Bunnie” Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross want to change the market with a transparent notebook made of open-source components . The pair of hackers calls their open-source laptop Project Novena , and you can own one too. Read the rest of Singapore-Based Engineers Debut the World’s First Open-Source Laptop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew “Bunnie” Huang , computer , Debian , DIY , gadgets , green gadgets , Green Laptop , hacking , laptop , linux , motherboard , Novena laptop , open source , processors , project Novena , Project Novena open source laptop , Sean “xobs” Cross , solid state drive

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Clear Your Laptop’s Data Before You Donate It, for Free

April 15, 2013 by  
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Ready to retire your aging laptop? InterConnection, a Seattle-based nonprofit, is offering free laptop donation kits to anyone in the U.S. The kits include a CD with data destruction software and a free donation mailing label. InterConnection hopes…

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Clear Your Laptop’s Data Before You Donate It, for Free

April 15, 2013 by  
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Ready to retire your aging laptop? InterConnection, a Seattle-based nonprofit, is offering free laptop donation kits to anyone in the U.S. The kits include a CD with data destruction software and a free donation mailing label. InterConnection hopes…

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Electronics Recycling Program Has Real Community Impact

March 7, 2013 by  
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According to a recent informal poll, 84 percent of Earth911 readers said they would be more likely to recycle if it benefited a charitable cause. Are you more likely to donate your old electronics knowing it benefits your local job market?

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The Laptop Compubody Sock is a Commentary on Our Attachment to Computers

January 26, 2013 by  
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Working on your laptop in public can be distracting, and it can be difficult to keep your work private from the wandering eyes of the people around you. Electronics guru  Becky Stern  came up with a playful solution to both problems with this knitted “Compubody” garment that will keep your head and hands warm while sealing you off from your surroundings. But don’t worry; Stern isn’t entirely serious about wearing the thing. Instead, she views it as “a fun commentary on how attached and concentrated on technology we are, and to highlight the lack of movement that happens when we’re engrossed in our laptops, keyboards, PDAs, etc.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Becky Stern , Compubody , computer hood , computers , DIY , ecouterre , instructables , knitting , laptop computer sock , yarn

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

October 8, 2012 by  
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Whether you’re returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor ‘s all-natural women’s laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is handmade with cork, a sustainable material. The bag features one large zippered back pocket, a large file compartment, and a cell phone pocket. The handles are made of leather, and the bottom is made of dark brown leather and has five metal feet to safely stand on floor without damage. In addition to being a sustainable material, cork is also very easy to keep clean and maintain. + Corkor The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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XPIRAL’s Renovated Nautical Club in Spain Looks Like a Ship Under Construction

October 8, 2012 by  
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The project is consistent in one major way – it is based on prefabricated elements that can be dismantled at any time (dry construction). These are completed with compact cellulose panels, cellular polycarbonates , translucent glass and OSB boards. A network of installations and openings adapts to the structure of the original building, with new layers of skin wrapping its body like regenerating tissue. Using different types of wood, sections and treatment, the timber elements take curved geometries in order to give continuity to the façades and roofs. The variable sections help with the bracing of the new structure in a light, fluent way, all around the original building. The external staircase is enveloped in polycarbonate sheets and expanded metal that protect the reception area from view during the day, while illuminating the main entrance to the Yacht Club at night. The restaurant is accessible from two sides — one from the esplanade for the public and the other, from the Club for the members. The restaurant is evenly lit from the polycarbonate ceiling and the curved glass wall that can be opened during summer. The entire building is dominated by a combination of high-tech materials and exposed wooden arches , giving it the appearance of a contemporary urban landmark with a warm Mediterranean feel. + XPIRAL   Via Architizer

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Study: Sleeker Laptops Less Sustainable

August 28, 2012 by  
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The laptop industry is getting bigger as its products get smaller, but a new study reveals that some of the most compact and most powerful portable computers on the market are among the lease sustainable. The Electronics Takeback Coalition  found…

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Feds Shift Focus to E-Waste

July 6, 2012 by  
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This summer, the U.S. government has become a global leader in electronic waste (e-waste) recycling. In July, the federal government – the largest consumer of electronic devices in the United States – stopped doing business with vendors who use…

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