How To turn e-waste into electricity

At IIT Madras scientist have innovated one technique by which e-waste can be used as a source to generate electricity, making it an important innovation to deal by means of fast growing menace of such hazardous waste in the country.

Under this technique, scientists use e-waste component like “LED\LCD (liquid crystal coated polarized) glass” as an electrode material in ‘Microbial Fuel Cells’ (MFCs) which is primarily a technology used for only waste water treatment.

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Gangadharan has developed this technique under the guidance of Indumathi Nambi, associate professor in the department of civil engineering at IIT, Madras.

Technologies available in the country at present are generally meant for only recovering plus recycling components like glass, plastic, printed circuit board, hard drives, batteries plus valuable metals. But this latest technology, the scientists claim, can use LED\LCD glass component of e-waste for the twin jobs — waste water treatment plus electricity production.

Though the scientists had invented it over two years ago by means of financial support of science & technology plus HRD ministries, it could not move out of the lab despite being recognised through award during innovation festival at Rashtrapati Bhavan here in March, 2015.

The Board was constituted in September 1996 as a statutory body to promote development plus commercialization of indigenous technology plus adaptation of imported technology for wider application.


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