19 Dec '11, 7pm

Do Paper-Powered Batteries from Sony Have a Future?

Do Paper-Powered Batteries from Sony Have a Future?

Sony has come up with an interesting way to power electronics that uses old cardboard and some enzymes. Calling it a bio battery, the company thinks the technology shows promise. Bio Battery as Eco-Friendly? PhysOrg reports , "As an environmental products fair opened in Tokyo, Sony invited children to put paper into a mixture of water and enzymes, shake it up and wait for a few minutes to see the liquid become a source of electricity, powering a small fan." Chisato Kitsukawa, a public relations manager at Sony, says that while the research has been around for generating power in this way, demonstrating it is rare. Indeed, Sony has been working on their bio battery for years. Sony states , "Because glucose is a clean energy source---produced by plants through photosynthesis (a process that involves the absorption of CO2)---Bio Battery is also an eco-battery." Erm...well... ...

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