Regen Box is a battery regenerator that will in its final version be an open-source project. It is able to regenerate all kinds of batteries, including both rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries and supposedly "non rechargeable" alkalin batteries. Initiated by the paleo-enegetic collaborative research program , Regenbox is the first project of this kind.
It was brought to us by a fellow paleo-searcher of this program who first prototyped the box using an old pattent from the 1980s that is now in the public domain.
Regen Box is ecological and against planned obsolescence.
This crowdfunding campaign aims at creating a community of beta testers in order to clearly understand which alkalin batteries available on the battery-market can really be regenrerated. Eventually, it will lead to the identification of the most rechargeable batteries in order to share this knowledge with everyone.
Alkalin battery regeneration is a concept that was discovered by Karl Kordesch, inventor of the alkalin dry cell battery, who showed it was in fact possible to reuse these batteries falsely considered as single-use material. In 1980, he commercialised the idea with the brand Rayovac, proving that alkalin batteries could be reloaded up to 25 times.
After a fisrt prototype elaborated by our co-worker and tested by ourself, Kordesch's system prooved that is was able to recharge not only alkalin batteries, but also Ni-Mh batteries and more efficiently. Indeed, the regeneration process is done by micro-impulsions, a "slow charging" method that is less aggressive for the components.
After a debate among the project stakeholders, it was decided that the project would be broadcasted by Atelier 21. Regenbox, the first open-source alkalin battery regenerator was born.
Our goal is to give a new life to this old idea and make it available for all. This project can also be seen as a way to evolve towards a more environmental friendly use of batteries, through education and the reduction of electronic battery waste that is still very present in our daily lives. In the long run, we would like to expand this project to other countries, particularly on the African continent where a lot of alkalin batteries are used and the purchasing power is low.
But before that, it is crucial that we arrive to our first objective : creating a community of beta testers. This group will be in charge of testing our system on a larger scale, allowing us to collect data. Thanks to a collaborative platform, we will gather and compare this data and identify which batteries are the most rechargeable. We should then be able to produce common guidelines for future users of the Regenbox.
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What are the funds for?
The aim of this crowdfunding is to raise awareness among the general public on the regeneration system, and to broadcast it in a first time to a beta-testers community. This community will be able to collect data about alkaline bateries so that we can perform our system. Our goal is to have a better knowledge on the battery market, to highlight those which are the best to be regenerated and in the end to help the users to be more reponsible about their consuption.
The crowdfunding will permit us to develop the project on the following points:
- to engineer an optimised product with its plans in open-source
- to develop the software part ant the website dedicated to the community
- to finance counterparts and the construction of Regen Boxes
- in a long term vision : to develop a concept easy to reproduce in fablabs and collectivities, and to broadcast the product in Africa ( there is already a project for Tanzania), offering them an entirely tested concept in opensource
About the project owner
Cédric Carles : Designer and founder of Atelier21.
Thomas Ortiz : engineer and artist, co-founder of Atelier21.
Partner : Electronics engineer.
If you still have an unanswered question, feel free to ask the project owner directly.