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Researchers Developing Sugar-powered Battery

Researchers Developing Sugar-Powered Battery

If sugar can give human energy, then why can’t it give energy to batteries? Based on this thought, researchers at Virginia Tech are now busy in developing a sugar-powered “biobattery” in Texas that will be able to store 10 times more energy than lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones.

Researchers Developing Sugar-powered Battery
Researchers Developing Sugar-powered Battery

The researchers behind making such sugar-powered batteries are Y.H. Percival Zhang and Zhiguang Zhu. They are now developing a biofuel, made from genetically engineered yeast cells and table sugar. The battery combines maltodextrin with air, which results in electricity and water byproducts. The sugar-powered batteries will be able to run for a much longer time before refueling again.

According to researcher Y.H. Percival Zhang, associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, “Sugar is a perfect energy storage compound in nature. So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.”

Sugar-powered Battery With Sweet Tooth

Virginia Tech has said, “Zhang and his colleagues constructed a non-natural synthetic enzymatic pathway that strip all charge potentials from the sugar to generate electricity in an enzymatic fuel cell. Then, low-cost biocatalyst enzymes are used as catalyst instead of costly platinum, which is typically used in conventional batteries.”

The sugar battery could be a staple in electronic devices within just a few years, if development goes according to schedule. Lets wait and see whether or not researchers get successful making this sugar-powered batteries.

Source: CNET

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Anatol Rahman is the Editor at TheTechJournal. He loves complicated machineries, and crazy about robot and space. He likes cycling. Before joining TheTechJournal team, he worked in the telemarketing industry. You can catch him on Google+.

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