Friday 26 April, 2019

Locally made device jumpstarts battery regeneration in T&T

T&T continues to make strides in reducing environmental pollution.

Battery regenerator device, the Ion Hammer, is the latest success in innovative projects to be undertaken and brought onto the commercial market.

The innovative portable device, a product conceptualised by ProtoFabTT, regenerates spent Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) at a commercially viable rate, optimising waste resource use while mitigating environmental contamination.

The device received high praises at the launch of the Battery Regeneration Project and Green-Tec Facility at Metal Industries Company Limited, Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) in Penal on Thursday - a project made possible through collaboration between Institute and ProtoFabTT.

The Institute will initially offer service level agreements on a business to business arrangement for battery regeneration, to firms in need of predictive and preventative maintenance for their battery assets.

The rebranded batteries will be made available for retail to the public, thereby reducing the cost for vehicle maintenance.

The home grown technology could potentially become a global scale business with established customer interests worldwide.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education Dr. Lovell Francis, praised the local inventor and Institute for the collaboration.

“We consume batteries produced elsewhere and when they run out, we buy more batteries, but if we have a local invention, where you recycle batteries, so you add to their life, then you avoid that ecological disaster of dumping lead into your soil, and then instead of just being consumers, you become a producer of an invention that has economic value, then that is what diversification is about, that is what real development is about “  

Students receiving Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the MIC-IT Technology Centre involved in this Battery Regeneration Project have completed their secondary education and are registered in the MIC “Journeyman Programme.”  

MIC Limited is an agency under the Ministry of Education with responsibility for technical training.  

The new programme is part of its thrust to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and attracts young people with an interest for innovative projects.


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