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Main Deliverables of this Project

Convert a lead-acid battery to a lead-alkaline battery using Alum (Potassium Aluminum Sulfate) and Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate).



Most lead acid batteries would be lucky to have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years, depending on the manufacturer. These batteries, called SLI (Starting, Lighting, Ignition) batteries, are commonly used in cars, UPS systems, etc. for lighting and using other electrical appliances. These batteries, also popularly known as lead-acid batteries have been popular and find their place in a lot of applications in every day life.

Why this is important

Following are the advantages of using Alum (lead-alkaline) batteries compared to lead acid batteries.

  • Higher Energy Density - Alum batteries have a higher energy density and they put out energy for longer periods without shutting of like other lead acid batteries once they go under a certain voltage. This allows the battery to produce the same energy while lasting longer than other batteries. 
  • Battery Life - Longevity is another advantage of alkaline battery. It has longer shelf life than lead-acid batteries.
  • Lower discharge rate - When not in use, these batteries tend to discharge energy slower than lead-acid batteries. These batteries store charge up to 4 months when not in use.
  • Environmentally safe - Alum batteries are safer compared to lead-acid batteries when it comes to recycling, or disposal.

What this project needs to move forward

A team of highly talented, skilled and motivated people who can hit the ground running. We need these skills to move this project forward:

  • Hands on builders - someone that can build this project, do side by side comparisons on a converted and standard batteries, take measurements, run load tests, and record results.
  • Chemistry majors - people who like working with chemicals.
  • Battery enthusiasts - people who like to invest time and energy in creating next generation batteries.


Highlights of working on this project

  • Collaborate with talented people from different domains and areas of study and expertise
  • Build a strong team with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Learn project management, project reporting, delivery cycles
  • Work in a highly energized environment that focuses on high quality product development
  • Discover, learn, innovate, and invent new ways for preserving and growing marine life
  • Have fun in a super charged team of professionals students, collaborators, sponsors

For Contributors

  • Remuneration - This is a sponsored project. You will get paid for your contributions. Find out more from your project manager/project coordinator.
  • Learning - This project offers you opportunities to learn about this concept/topic/technology. You will get to collaborate and work with industry experts and professionals who will share their experiences and guide you along with their best practices.
  • Culture - Work with people from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and get exposure to working on cross-functional and virtual teams.
  • Get Your Hands Dirty - Roll up your sleeves and get practical on this project. Experience the joy of designing or building a machine/system/device that will be used by millions of people worldwide. If you are not co-located, video conference with your team and collaborate.
  • Build and Grow your Professional Network - Collaborate on this project, make friends, and grow your professional network.

For Sponsors

  • Top Talent - Work with talented people and find new recruits for your business as you see this project take shape.
  • Goodwill - Get positive goodwill for your brand as a sponsor who is building something innovating and contributing to the future.
  • Personal and Business Use - Use this system and technology for your home/boat/ship/company/organization
    Branding - Brand it with your organization identity.
  • Monetize - Invest in his project and take it to market with your brand identity

For Users

  • Get involved in the design phase and share your thoughts on how you would use this product or technology in your daily lives.
  • Give feedback at regular intervals and development stages to help this team to design and build a user-friendly system or technology.
  • Work with people from different countries, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. It's fun!


Get Recognition - Participate as an academician/student and contribute to research papers, college projects and participate in local, state, national, and international academic or technical conferences. Present papers on the innovations and advancements that have been made.

All of the above

Ocean Builders invites you to be a part of this project. You can be a sponsor, a contributor, a user, an academician AND you can be all of the above.