Are we sending untapped power to the dumpyard?

If you had to take a guess, how many lithium-ion batteries do you think you have used in your life? “That’s a tough one; too many.” Okay, of all those batteries you’ve used, how many of those were completely depleted when you threw them away? “Obviously all of them! Why would I throw away batteries which still have power in them?!” Fair response. Let’s have a look at why such an obvious response, maybe isn’t so obvious and why there’s more to be addressed on this issue to make for a better tomorrow.

Co-founders Amrit Chandan and Carlton Cummins, have created Aceleron, a clean technology company based in the UK. The start-up came to life after their realisation that lithium-ion batteries are not typically designed to be completely depleted when they stop powering your appliances, due to unsafe leakages as a result of their (poor) design and nor are they designed to be maintained. Their use today and in the future must, therefore, be coupled with a means of tackling both the untapped power and its respective waste. Keeping sustainability in the forefront of their strategic thinking, they have come up with a range of battery pack products and services that have stirred up the energy market.

Their technology is built upon the idea that lithium-ion batteries sent to waste are not entirely depleted and better use of the technology can allow for up to 40% longer use than traditional lithium-ion batteries and importantly, allow for reusability. Using modular technology and innovative battery formations inside a battery pack, they have pioneered products which have multiple applications, all whilst remaining within the realms of sustainable development with their circular economy approach i.e. not for single use and then to the bin, like most batteries. Applications such as home energy storage, back up power for buildings and telecommunications are just a few examples of their far-reaching impact.

By coupling technology innovation and a sustainable mindset, Aceleron has created an alternative to the damaging impacts of single use batteries on our planet and so prove their progress towards SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, in particular the target to increase the proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology. Respect and gratitude to all the team at Aceleron for paving the way for a cleaner future! Check out Aceleron’s website to learn more and about why they’ve been shortlisted in the Top 10 for 2019 Telegraph Tech 4 Good Pioneers!

Links:

Aceleron Website
aceleronenergy.com

Solar Cooling Initiative.

One of the shortcomings of the Millenium Development Goals, specifically goal 8 (To develop a global partnership) was that this lead to a problematic donor-recipient relationship for development.

Internation Solar Alliance Logo.
Photo Credit: isolaralliance.org
 

This post shares the partnership of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), based in India, and the University of Birmingham, driving progress for its Solar Cooling Initiative, where farmers in sun rich locations can use solar and solar hybrid energy to power chilled food distribution systems.

Shield from the Arms of University of Birmingham. Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Birmingham
 

The result of powering chilled food distribution systems leads to more revenue that can be made out of the high volumes of produce, as this way less produce is perished during journies from farms to markets. However, a key highlight of this initiative is that the technology being used to power the distribution system is sustainable through its use of solar power and so is not burden on the environment. This initiative is also awesome as it simultaneously addresses 3 internationally agreed goals: the Paris Climate Agreement; the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol; and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As opposed to identifying a quick and easy solution to this problem, through investments in readily available non renewable energy to power the chilled food systems in these tropical countries, this initiative’s focus to resolve the problem has been coupled with sustainability – and this is what makes this initiative so great.

SDG7

ISA and the univerity of Birmingham have demonstrated how problem solving on the planet today must consider the sustainability of the solutions and this sets the right precedent for all the problem solving that is yet to happen – and happen it must! This post recognises and thanks ISA and the university of Birmingham’s tangible progress being made towards UN’s SDG 7- Affordable and clean energy!

SDG17

As well as the one goal this links in to, this initiative also demonstrates positive work toward SDG 17 – Partnerships to achieve the goal through the collobative efforts of Univeristy of Birmingham and ISA – and this is a big one as the lack of such partnership was one of the criticisms of MDG 8 previously. Great to see lessons learnt!

Please check out the article for more information, and also take a look at ISA’s website where you can learn more about this project.

Links:

Referenced News Article – Helping ‘Sun-Rich’ Farmers
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2019/08/helping-‘sun-rich’-farmers.aspx

ISA Website
http://isolaralliance.org/Index.aspx