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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:26

Old bike parts and cooker can charge mobile phones in developing countries

old bike energy chargerimageResearchers at Nottingham Trent University used old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker to create a wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone.

BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering systems (both pictured above), made it to help people in developing countries with poor access to electricity.

Designed for near-shore use, it can generate 5.6 watts from a regular supply of 20 centimetre high waves, making it capable to power a regular mobile charger.

Owen, 23, originally from Dore in Sheffield, Yorkshire, said: "Many developing countries have a limited electrical network, particularly those like the Philippines which are spread over a number of islands.

"But a small-scale product like this, partly made from reused goods which are widely available, could help provide power to coastal areas."

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/architecture-design-built-environment/amin-al-habaibeh