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Biodegradable Sugar Powered Batteries Soon Available?

Biodegradable Sugar Powered Batteries Soon Available?

The new sugar battery works just like other types of fuel cells, meaning that it breaks down a fuel, releasing energy in the process. The fuel it uses is partially digested starch, which can be found in high-energy plant-based foods like potatoes. In the battery, the starch is broken down into a complex sugar called maltodextrin, which is also already available as a food additive. This complex sugar is then further broken down by a chain of 13 enzymes. During this process, large quantities of electrons are released, with the electron charges stored in the sugar solution being released slowly, step-by-step, using an enzyme cascade. These can then be used to generate a current, which can be used to power electrical devices in a totally environmentally-friendly way, both because sugar is so widely available in nature, but also because it would mean the elimination of harmful ...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2014/05/biodegradable-sugar-po...

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