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The researchers found out where in the U.S. sand had the highest percentage of quartz, which led them to the Cedar Creek Reservoir outside of Dallas. They gathered sand from that spot and then brought it back to the lab where they milled it down to the nanometer scale and purified it. They then ground salt and magnesium -- common sea water elements -- into the quartz. After heating the powder, they were left with pure silicon.
“This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes,” said Zachary Favors, a graduate student working on the project.
UC Riverside says that "the energy density is more than three times higher than that of traditional graphite based anodes, which means cell phones and tablets could last three times longer between charges."
originally posted by: DAZ21
Won't really end dependence on fossil fuels, batteries only store electricity they don't create it. You Will still need to charge your battery somehow. But good news for longer lasting electrical appliances.
batteries only store electricity they don't create it.
originally posted by: GetHyped
a reply to: thishereguy
Who's "they"? Samsung? Microsoft? Apple? They'd love to push the prices of their products down. Cheaper products = more sales.