05 Oct '12, 3pm

Sugar May be the Key to Cheaper, Better Batteries

Sugar May be the Key to Cheaper, Better Batteries

There has been plenty of talk about just how bad sugar is for us in the health community, but turns out, it could be beneficial for us in our electronics. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have found that sugar might be the key to better, cheaper rechargeable batteries. Lithium-ion batteries may be the battery of choice right now for electric cars and gadgets, but the increasing complexity of getting access to lithium from reserves in countries like China and Bolivia have pushed Japanese researchers to look for alternatives. One battery technology that could potentially un-seat lithium-ion is sodium-ion. It promises to be more durable and cheaper to manufacture, but so far the nascent technology's performance lags behind lithium-ion. That's where the Tokyo University researchers have concentrated their energy. DigInfo.tv /Video screen capture After trying diff...

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