Researchers Develop Battery Powered By Sugar
Scientists at St. Louis University claim to have developed an environmentally friendly battery that runs on sugar water.
SCIENTISTS have developed a battery that can run from soft drinks.
One of the first uses for the fuel-cell battery, powered by almost any type of sugar, could be as a portable mobile phone charger.
The device would contain special cartridges filled with a sugar solution which could be replaced when they were empty.
Researchers at St Louis University in Missouri believe their idea could eventually replace lithium in batteries in many portable electronic applications, including computers.
The biodegradable battery contains enzymes that convert fuel – in this case, from sugar – into electricity, leaving behind water as a main by-product.
Pretty cool, if true. The article claims that the batteries should be ready for consumer purchase in three to five years. If it works as claimed, these folks might have done more for the environment than a legion of lobbyists, easy. Not only is lithium pretty environmentally nasty, but if all it takes to recharge the battery is simple table sugar, who knows how many kilowatts of power will simply no longer have to be generated in order to recharge batteries. Very cool stuff.