In Brief

How one of the world's favorite beverages was upcycled to run gadgets.

At the Vienna Design Week 2010, Austrian design studio Mischer’Traxler created an installation for the Nespresso Boutique that used over 700 used coffee capsules upcycled into batteries to power clocks and a small radio. The Nespresso Battery was made using the aluminum found in the capsules along with copper strips, coffee grounds and salt water. The design won the SUSTAIN.ABILITY.DESIGN competition at the design week.

Here’s more about the battery from the creators, Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler:

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