This year the Institute of Batteries LLC presented one of its spinoff projects at the ABC Quick Start startup competition organized by Nazarbayev University. The purpose of this project was the development of an electric drive that transforms any mechanical wheelchair into an electric automated one. The project proved its attractiveness in terms of social necessity and future business opportunities and was selected as the winner of ABC Quick Start startup competition.
The project team manufactured the prototype of the electric drive, the main element of which is the lithium-ion battery, and integrated it into a standard mechanical wheelchair. According to the concept, almost any mechanical wheelchair can be motorized since it is much easier, more practical and cheaper to modernize the available individually selected wheelchair rather than to buy a new electric stroller. The project aims at improving the quality of life of people who are unable to move independently by creating their own personalized version of an electric wheelchair.
The project is being developed with the help of researchers from National Laboratory Astana, namely Zhalgas Kulametov and Nurzhan Umirov (now a PhD student in a partner Chungnam National University, Korea), as well as with the involvement of the students of Nazarbayev University (Yerzhan Massalin, Yerzan Rzagaliyev) who contributed a great deal of time and effort to the advancement of the project. The lead of the project Ms. Zhuldyz Assylova is a graduate of Master in Engineering Management Program of Nazarbayev University School of Engineering, and is responsible for the economic viability and business side of the project. All team members possess various set of skills necessary for the successful implementation of the project.
The project is being carried out under supervision of Professor of School of Engineering Zhumabay Bakenov, the Founder of the Institute of Batteries LLC.
In the long run, the project implementation will allow reducing the social inequality of people with disabilities by providing a cheaper and more appealing alternative to expensive electric wheelchairs as well as contribute to the local import-substituting production development.