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Sugar Sweetens Battery Performance

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posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:28 AM
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This breakthrough sugar-powered biobattery can achieve an energy-storage density of about 596 ampere-hours per kilogram (A-h/kg) — an order of magnitude higher than the 42 A-h/kg energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery. A sugar biobattery with such a high energy density could last at least ten times longer than existing lithium-ion batteries of the same weight.


Sugar Sweetens Battery Performance

Is this the breakthrough needed for electric cars? no need to plug in, just fill up with a glucose solution.




posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:41 AM
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originally posted by: bigx001



This breakthrough sugar-powered biobattery can achieve an energy-storage density of about 596 ampere-hours per kilogram (A-h/kg) — an order of magnitude higher than the 42 A-h/kg energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery. A sugar biobattery with such a high energy density could last at least ten times longer than existing lithium-ion batteries of the same weight.


Sugar Sweetens Battery Performance

Is this the breakthrough needed for electric cars? no need to plug in, just fill up with a glucose solution.



True, but what about biocontaminants. The ability to refill opens the battery up to mold buildup with all kinds of critters that ride on mold and love sugars.

I suppose they could figure that one out. Very interesting. Thanks OP



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:42 AM
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it may have that storage but how fast can you suck the juice from it?

electric cars draw a large amount of energy



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:42 AM
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Sweeet.



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:44 AM
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True, but what about biocontaminants. The ability to refill opens the battery up to mold buildup with all kinds of critters that ride on mold and love sugars.

I suppose they could figure that one out.

Thats easy. To relieve themselves, the batteries will go to the bathroom.



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:49 AM
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Except, if you dig into the research you'll see that it's not a battery at all. It's a sugar fuel cell that requires a constant and steady supply of sugar to function. It also requires a special enzyme that naturally biodegrades, and this enzyme is going to need to be replaced regularly as well.
Also it appears that the researcher that developed the enzyme is claiming intellectual property ownership over it. Which means that if you want it, it's going to require buying it from him, rather than being able to make it yourself.



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:51 AM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: grandmakdw


True, but what about biocontaminants. The ability to refill opens the battery up to mold buildup with all kinds of critters that ride on mold and love sugars.

I suppose they could figure that one out.

Thats easy. To relieve themselves, the batteries will go to the bathroom.


You mean the 'battroom'.



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 09:58 AM
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Lol "Sweeet"pun....


Could this innovation be used to improve backup generators? No more storing gasoline or having to worry about it expiring.
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posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 10:02 AM
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originally posted by: GetHyped
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Except, if you dig into the research you'll see that it's not a battery at all. It's a sugar fuel cell that requires a constant and steady supply of sugar to function. It also requires a special enzyme that naturally biodegrades, and this enzyme is going to need to be replaced regularly as well.
Also it appears that the researcher that developed the enzyme is claiming intellectual property ownership over it. Which means that if you want it, it's going to require buying it from him, rather than being able to make it yourself.


fuel cells are batteries, they just store energy in a different chemical form compared to li, carbon or alkaline

the point is, you may not need to wait several hours to recharge this type of battery but instead fill up on a sugary substance. and unlike hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that are currently being sold, this type does not present a flammable hazard.

on top of those things, any cellulose waste can be converted into sugars through a simple digester, meaning you can grow the fuel to run this
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posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 10:47 AM
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Cool thread! Does this now mean that even cars will have a "sweet tooth?"



posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 10:47 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: bigx001



Sweeet.


Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude

(couldnt resist)



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