Yill Powers Your Workplace

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 29 April 2011

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photo © Steffen Jaenicke

A new era has begun. A new world is already here. Most of us live oblivious to the amount of options we have to make conscious and smart decisions about how we live our lives and how we can positively impact our environment by those decisions. The team of Younicos, a sustainable energy storage and network company out of Germany, is working hard to provide us with energy products that are CO2-free and renewable.  We often think that being green and environmentally responsible comes at a cost. That is no longer the case. The decision of being green now offers all the flexibility and cost saving experience into our daily lives.

photo © Steffen Jaenicke

Please welcome Yill, a new mobile energy storage unit that fits into your workplace and was presented during MILAN design week 2011 in Zona Tortona. Whether you happen to do your job in a commercial rented space or perhaps you move around the city to indoor and outdoor spaces where you find inspiration, Yill comes with you. Yill stores the energy to power a modern workstation for two to three days without tangling cords and obtrusive cables. Using a rechargeable lithium titanium battery, Yill is able to recharge quickly and have a significantly longer operating life. Not only is Yill mobile but it also has a tremendous impact in the development of workplace environments and interior fit outs. No need for raised access flooring; you can save on construction costs.

photo © Steffen Jaenicke

No exposed cords or cables, floor poke through devices that act as a tripping hazard or the old fashioned "tombstone" power source when you can't afford to drill into the slab; with Yill, you can have an open and clean floor plate that allows you to move and power up anywhere. How will this change the quickly evolving work space? Now we can create open plans where there is no designated area per individual; you are just as mobile as your mobile equipment.  Energy comes to you, rather than you locating to it.  Now you can actually put your investment into what matters most, the people and the comfortable environment that impacts the bottom line.

photo © Steffen Jaenicke

The mobility and effectiveness of this high tech storage unit lies in its design. A battery transformed into a wheel to serve dual roles feels very natural. With a simple retractable handle, energy now moves with you. Designed by Werner Aisslinger, Yill is practical, sleek, and mobile. I see it as the "Apple" of energy. It acts and feels like your own personal energy luggage. Expect more products to be launching soon from Younicos. It is time for leading sustainable technology to extend from our energy efficient buildings into our workspace and our homes.

photo © Steffen Jaenicke

photo © Steffen Jaenicke

sources:

Werner Aisslinger , Younicos

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  • friend
    Clinton | 2011-04-30 05:03:17

    I like the concept, but why not put a turbine in the wheels to replenish a small amount of battery when in motion. Also the article starts with a segment about Eco-friendlessness, but i don't see how this is Eco-friendly, especially considering the impact batteries have on the environment before and after being expended, and its material requirements invoking the conflict in west Africa.

  • friend
    Harry | 2011-05-01 20:05:32

    I can't see how this product in any way mitigates energy or resource consumption. What exactly makes this an environmentally conscious product? If anything, it requires more resources than using traditionally wall cables.

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    R Hernandez | 2011-05-02 00:45:55

    Demand for batteries has steadily been increasing for decades. With the continuing technological advances in consumer products and the increasing portability of battery operated equipment, this demand for batteries will continue. The problem is that despite the average consumer's increased awareness of recycling programs for plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and newspapers picked up curbside in most neighborhoods these days, the average consumer does not partake in a battery recycling program. By using long lasting and rechargeable batteries, one can diminish the environmental impact of used batteries by simply consuming and thereby discarding less. While the exact chemical composition of household batteries varies from type to type, most batteries contain heavy metals, which are the main cause for environmental concern. When disposed of incorrectly, these heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes. The most environmentally sound option is to use rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. The reason is obvious: rechargeable batteries produce less waste for the environment because they can be reused. They also save energy, because the energy needed to manufacture a battery is on average fifty times greater than the energy it gives out. When rechargeable batteries are not an option, lithium and titanium batteries are an attractive alternative. Both provide longer lasting energy which again leads to less consumption and less disposal. You can plug Yill into a charging station that draws power from renewable sources, or as second option, into any normal socket. Leading a sustainable philosophy comes with facing tough decisions on how to compensate from one place or another. Yill might not be the perfect solution but it does introduce in the market an alternative.

  • friend
    C. Hain | 2011-05-03 22:16:27

    .. it was said in Zona Tortona that Yill serves power for a laptop and a smart mobile phone for approx 2-3 days - but knowing how much these both need it's only a few hours. Yill is on the right way to future - but overtaken by the fast development of batteries. Actually Yill is to heavy and too big to carry it from my flat to the co-work space or to my workshop or even in my home office -room, it is too big for a average 70 sqm flat and I wonder from where the power comes ?

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    Roland G. | 2012-03-13 12:22:24

    I think the idea is neat, but while you wheel your concept around it gave me a whole new idea, luggage looking the same, have a square case but round wheels rotate around the whole thing..it seems so Star Trek but yet its the time for new ideas to put into action...I really thought it was a suitcase before seeing the cord, than yet luggage should be a power station too, now that be neat, Imagine Flight captains or Airplane stewardess rolling this off to work..so kool... :) many ideas but no money to put into motion hehhehe

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