The Future Is Here. Origami Battery

While encounter with the Japanese word, "Origami" you might have pictured beautiful swans, frogs or other relevant origami shapes and figures made out of paper. Well, this used to be what Origami meant until now. writes about Seokheun “Sean” Choi as the user of origami for generating electricity. Choi is an engineer at Binghamton University who’s been working on creating a battery to power bio-sensors. The battery uses paper, which is biodegradable, cheap material, and available anywhere. Like every alkaline battery available on the stores, Choi's paper battery makes use of carbon. However the carbon in Choi's battery acts as the anode instead of cathode. The carbon, Anode, is screen printed which makes it a water-absorbing later on one side of paper. On the next side, a nickel-based solution is coated to create an air-breathing anode.

Well, that's pretty much it. Unless you forgot the fuel. Here's one hint. It's also available anywhere. Bacteria. Didn't expect that?

According to Choi, the battery needs bacteria or "any organic matter". The best source, "Water Puddle". Any untreated water, a murky puddle or ditch or be a pothole wherever the bacteria is loaded, is the fuel for Choi's origami battery.
  • How does it Work?
    First of all you will need the origami-battery itself. Then add single drop of dirty water and the battery is ready to generate power.
  • How much will I have to pay for it?
    Well, I don't have information about it's availability but it costs about only five cents. (Say What?)
Initially the origami battery can light up a small LED. But Choi envisions to create enough energy perhaps creating micro-watts to run the bio-sensor. With a grant of $300K from the National Science Foundation, he sets his goal to power the bio-sensor fully. The possibilities is imaginable. To help establish medical devices which are self contained and can be used in even isolated areas.

It all happened when; As Choi recalls;
The “light-bulb moment” while working on an earlier iteration of the paper-based batteries, before he tried the origami approach. “I connected four of the devices in series, and I lit up this small LED,” he says. “At that moment, I knew I had done it!”

Divya Mulmi
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