In next three years, you could start watching the growth of sugar-powered batteries on smartphones and tablets, as the researchers from Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed a battery using partially digested starch found in potatoes and other foods, that boasts sugar within.
Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering said that the sugar-powered batteries could extend the battery life of mobile devices by 10 times more against the currently popular lithium-ion batteries.
If the research moves into the production phase, then these batteries could be very cheap, refillable and that could also help to grow the green revolution, as it will be a environmentally friendly technology.
Y.H. Percival Zhang said:
“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.”
The process of differentiating the sugar from the high energy plants like potatoes starts with breaking down to a sugar extract called maltodextrin, then by further breaking down, it releases electrons that could power the electronic devices and creates only water as the by-product.
Billions of batteries filled with toxic are thrown away every year in United States alone, which poses serious threat to human health as well as the environment. If the Zhang’s development comes to the mass production stage, that could help keep those billions of batteries from ending up in landfills.