Two engineers have created an origami-like battery that generates energy via microbial metabolism

Design and technology come together in a collapsible battery powered by water filled with bacteria. The shape and material of this battery is inspired by the popular Japanese paper art known as origami. Only a drop of bacteria-filled water is enough to get this battery working. Although there has been an increase in research and inventions of bio batteries, this bio battery, developed by Binghamton Research, is unique in its own right.

The battery costs only around 5 cents to create. It helps that the material is mainly comprised of paper and can easily fold into the shape of a square. It is able to generate energy because bacteria-laden water acts as a catalyst. The batteries are portable and are comprised of completely sustainable parts. Unlike the chemical batteries mainly used today, these batteries do not negatively impact the environment or humans.

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