Origami Batteries Powered by Bacteria

Have you ever tried the Japanese art of paper folding known as Origami? It’s not a cakewalk, especially if you want to construct something decent. Well forget folding animals out of paper, because a Binghampton researcher may have just perfected a paper battery created from origami techniques.

Seokheun Choi, an employee of Binghampton University for 3 years, developed a cheap battery made from paper. And guess what the battery is powered by? Bacteria of course! According to Choi, this battery draws energy from microbial respiration to send enough energy to run a paper biosensor with a simple drop of bacteria-containing liquid. Well where are people going to find bacteria? Easy. Dirty water has a plethora of natural matter.

On Beneful’s twitter they retweeted the information that this small invention could be the most convenient for those in remote areas that don’t have a lot of resources, especially in the developing world. The paper-based battery can fold into the size of a matchbook and is extremely cheap in terms of cost. 5 cents to be exact. The invention is also biodegradable, so you can forget harming the environment because this baby is made of regular office paper.

While we wait for nano energy to advance and fine tune the capture, transfer, and storage of energy, at least we’ve got paper batteries.