A Carbohydrate-Powered Battery


For living sugar batterybeings, carbohydrates provide an unparalleled source of energy. Now, that same energy can be used to power electronics. Professor Percival Zhang of Virginia Tech University has developed a battery that runs on carbohydrates. Zhang and his colleagues have developed an enzyme pathway which can produce up to 24 electrons per glucose molecule. The battery uses maltodextrin, a carbohydrate often found in processed foods. While the battery is still in prototype stages, if the technology becomes viable, this could become a more environmentally-friendly way to power smart phones and small devices.

(Source: Popular Science)

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