The prestigious awards, sponsored by EDF Energy and the Independent newspaper celebrate the achievements of technologies, individuals and organizations that can help reduce energy use and combat climate change.
USBCell Batteries were announced a year ago as a new rechargeable battery category that aims to reduce hassle, battery landfill, resource and C02 waste, by being easier to re-use anywhere by simply recharging from a USB port.
USBCell AA Batteries are now on sale into 50 countries from the USBCell website and stocked by leading high-street stores, including DSG international as part of new environmental product ranges in Currys and PC World stores in the UK. DSGi is also a finalist in the Large Business sector for a National Energy Efficiency Award.
USBCell is an excellent example of sustainable product design, and was earlier commended at the Design Week Awards for Best Product Design of 2006 alongside the Apple Ipod. It is also a finalist for the 2007 Innovation in Engineering Awards alongside a Nuclear Power Station and High Speed Hybrid Train. It was recently also given out at the Clinton Global Initiative 2007 in New York, as part of a gift bag showcasing environmentally friendly products.
Globally over 15 billion Rubbish after use alkaline batteries are made/thrown away each year – equivalent to a column of batteries to the moon and back – wasting significant resources and C02 emissions. This leads to over 22,000 tonnes of landfill in the UK alone –‘Battery waste is for life – not just for Christmas. Each USBCell, if re-used several times, can save at least 3kg of toxic landfill and 7kg of C02 compared to disposable alkaline use.
Until now, rechargeable batteries were dependent on carrying/finding a wall charger, which are largely inefficient and not very portable – resulting in very low re-use of rechargeable batteries which make up only 10% of battery sales today. USBCell is easier to re-use many more times as over 1 billion USB ports are readily available in homes and offices, on computers, laptops and even games devices in the living room such as XBOX, PS3, WII.
With further USBCell formats including AA, 9V and for mobile phones, Moixa Energy aims to become a significant new global battery brand – providing consumers with innovative products that save them hassle, money and are better for the environment.