Potato Power Is Coming

Hands holding dirty harvested potatoesScientists have become more creative and imaginative.

With batteries being heavily looked at, researchers at Virginia Tech University made a breakthrough in the battery technology that currently sits behind the screens of all our screen heavy smartphones and tablets.

The findings come from using energies that occur in natural sugars, rather than using chemicals like Lithium that graces modern batteries. Sugar based batteries are ideal for use in mobile phones as, unlike other bio-energies including Hydrogen and Methanol, the sugar solutions are non-explosive.

“We try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery”, Professor Y H Percival Zhang said. This natural power is harnessed from starch, found in foodstuffs such as the humble potato, broken down “slowly step-by-step by using an enzyme cascade” said Zhang.

By using this process, significant qualities of electrons are released to generate a current.

Sugar solutions have been experimented with before, but the breakthrough has come with the research team claiming the new batteries produce significantly more energy, as well as storing up to 10 times more energy than their chemical based counterparts.

The report submitted to Nature Communications suggests that these new batteries could be being used to power our modern gadgets within three years, so now I still think Kinkoo Infinite One portable charger is the best external battery for iPhone and Andriod.