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Next-gen batteries set for green leap with seaweed

Apr 06, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT
(Source: Geoff Stearns/flickr)
(Source: Geoff Stearns/flickr)

Dongjiang Yang, a chemist at China’s Qingdao University, recently showed that seaweed could be a game-changing ingredient in enhancing the energy storage capacity of next generation superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.

The study reveals that seaweed, an earth-abundant material, can be a “green” and sustainable precursor for developing carbon nanomaterials that can lead to more consistent, reliable renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, notes Phys.org.

Yang, set to present the findings at this week’s American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, believes that the new technology could potentially double the range of electric cars while significantly slashing the environmental burden, reports Seeker. However, to turn the idea into a commercially viable product, the developers will have to scale up the current seaweed harvesting of about 20,000 tons annually by a significant margin. 

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