How do you build a smartphone that uses zero-energy, recyclable materials?
That’s the question asked by Wodonga Technical School (WTS), a non-profit organisation that has just published its latest research on the subject.
Wodonga’s latest research has found that a smartphone made with recycled materials can be built using a low-cost, low-maintenance, and environmentally friendly approach.
The smartphone is built using carbon fibre composites (CFC) in a number of key areas, including the casing, back cover and the power and memory.”CFCs are a low cost and recyclability alternative to conventional plastic that can be easily and easily recycled,” says Wodongas director and research fellow Dr Abhijit Srinivasan.
“This is especially relevant for mobile devices, where most of the components can be reused.”
The research shows that a recycled smartphone can be manufactured using less than half the cost of a new smartphone using CFC,” he adds.”
We found that an application developed by WOT to recycle a smartphone using recycled materials could be integrated into the smartphone design to make it more energy efficient, reduce waste and reduce the cost.
“A prototype phone with recycled material is available on the WOT website,” Dr Srinanas adds.
The Wodongo team has been studying the feasibility of CFC recycling and CFC-free smartphone production since the beginning of this year.
“A few years ago, we developed a prototype phone that could be manufactured from CFC recycled materials,” says Srinasan.
The team used this device to test the feasibility for building a smartphone from recycled materials.
The prototype smartphone used a new manufacturing process developed by the team, which has been tested in the field by the Wodongs research team.
The prototype smartphone uses a new CFC (Cotton-based Fiber Composite) manufacturing process.
Photo credit: WodagoaTech.comWodonga’s research team also tested this process on the first production of a smartphone manufactured using recycled CFC materials.
“This research is an important milestone for Wodango,” says Dr Sreenivasan, who has worked with the WODONGA team since the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.
“Wodongo Tech is an example of an organisation that focuses on technology and technology development for the betterment of the environment.
The team’s research is the first step towards the development of a CFC smartphone, which is an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to make our phones.”
To build a recyclible smartphone, the team developed a process that allows them to use recycled materials without destroying the environment or harming the environment of any other parts of the smartphone.
“Our research has shown that the process can be used in all the parts of a recycled phone, which means that it can be incorporated into the design of the phone without any modifications,” says the WoS director.
The new method of manufacturing CFC mobile phones is based on a combination of CCC (Chemical Compression) and CNC (Composite Cutting) processes.
“As a result, we can reduce the waste and the material waste while producing more energy-efficient and recycling-friendly phones,” says Abhikari Das, director and chief executive officer of Wodangas.