Sugar-powered biobattery has 10 times the energy storage of lithium

ExtremeTech- As you probably know, from sucking down cans of Coke and masticating on candy, sugar — glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose — is an excellent source of energy. Biologically speaking, sugar molecules are energy-dense, easy to transport, and cheap to digest. There is a reason why almost every living cell on Earth generates its energy (ATP) from glucose. Now, researchers at Virginia Tech have successfully created a sugar-powered fuel cell that has an energy storage density of 596 amp-hours per kilo — or “one order of magnitude” higher than lithium-ion batteries

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SJIND1809d ago (Edited 1809d ago )

I wonder what the power density of these batteries?

Spiewie 1809d ago

Don't think they can be recharged so they won't be used for phones, laptops etc.

ZoyosJD1808d ago

At this point they are stated as refillable, so I wonder if this could be scaled to an electric vehicle considering how cheap a sugar solution would be compared to gasoline.

SilentNegotiator1808d ago

LOL, just carry a sugar packet.

kingPoS1809d ago (Edited 1809d ago )

A cheap alternative to alkaline batteries. Yes please! This is a brilliant concept. I just hope (seriously hope) that corporations, bureaucracy or greed won't bury them or sabotage them.

SilentNegotiator1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Those conspiracy theories are so overdone. Ignorant people always expect self-hyped early stage projects to be completely ready to go the next day when, like all technologies, they have years and years of testing to go and might not even work out practically in the end.