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Your Next Battery Could Tempt Your Sweet Tooth

on Friday, Jan. 31st

Researchers think they’ve cracked a chemical puzzle that will lead to a battery tech breakthrough. From PRI’s The World:

[What] if you could make a battery that’s way more efficient and biodegradable?

That’s the question a team at Virginia Tech University, led by a Chinese-born scientist, Y.H. Percival Zhang, is trying to answer.

What’s a bit of a surprise, is the energy source his team’s working with.

“The key idea of this sugar battery is to try and extract all the energy out of the sugar and convert it to electricity,” says Zhang.

You probably won’t want to use the fuel cell technology as a substitute snack, but maybe one day we’ll wind up with a bio-fuel version of Back to the Future’s Mr. Fusion.


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