Nicaragua's solar battery problem
Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:11 AM
The problem they were trying to solve starts in Nicaragua. In many small communities, there is no infrastructure--no electricity, no gas. Many homes get their electricity from solar panels on their property. Sounds like a wonderful idea, right?
The problem is that they are hooked up to batteries which store the energy. When these batteries go bad, they are dumped in the local landfill. They don't have garbage pickup. Instead, they burn their garbage. The batteries are burned, too. This causes so many problems.
So, even though going solar is a good thing, it has actually creating a far more serious problems as the burning waste dirtied the air they breathed. They have no way to deal with the waste created by the batteries. I haven't put much thought about how one good idea might be creating toxic waste in another way.
These students had spent some time down in Nicaragua and became aware of the problem. It's been their goal to try to invent something that would eliminate the need for these batteries in Nicaragua. What they came up with is a small, rechargeable fuel cell.
I don't know if the invention has been put to practical use yet. But, it looks like they have come up with something that will change how people get electricity from solar.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:52 AM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:58 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:15 PM
Burning batteries affects the environment as well as the health of the people especially living in the area. And it will be very beneficial for them if such project or invention really works.
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