Scientists use dead leaves to create power storehouse

Sep 09, 2017, 4:18 AM EDT
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A team of researchers at the Qilu University of Technology in Jinan has found an innovative solution to utilize millions of tonnes of dead leaves, which if burnt as usual, contribute massively in polluting China’s smoky air.

Hongfang Ma and her colleagues are transforming fallen leaves of phoenix trees into organic capacitors that can store energy like batteries, writes Bioenergy Insight.

Although the process releases traces of carbon dioxide the amount is far less than the emissions that result from indiscriminate burning of these leaves, notes New Scientist.