A group of science researchers at the University of Maryland created crab shell batteries, that is to say, zinc batteries that leverage electrolytes made from crab and shrimp shells. The batteries use chitin, a material found in crustacean shells in abundance, to create a gel electrolyte that is fully biodegradable.
The resulting batteries use this chitosan electrolyte combined with metal zinc components to create a cheap, safe-for-general-use battery. The batteries showed 99.7% energy efficiency retention after 1,000 charge cycles in testing, showing that they are capable of long-term operation. The primary use case for these batteries would be to store excess energy, such as solar and wind-generated energy, for use at a later date.
In addition to being sustainably sourced, the biodegradable nature of the chitosan combined with the recyclable nature of zinc results in an energy storage solution that is fully circular.
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Researchers Created Zinc Batteries out of Crab Shell Electrolytes
1. Crustacean-based Batteries - Research into using chitosan electrolytes from crab and shrimp shells is showing potential for sustainable energy storage solutions.
2. Gel Electrolytes - Gel electrolytes are proving to be a viable alternative to traditional liquid electrolytes, allowing for the development of more sustainable batteries that can be used for energy storage.
3. Sustainable Energy Storage - The development of sustainable and biodegradable energy storage solutions, such as the crab shell batteries, is becoming critical as the world moves towards clean energy alternatives that require dependable energy storage solutions.
1. Energy Storage - The energy storage industry has the potential to benefit from the development of sustainable and biodegradable energy storage solutions, such as the crab shell batteries, which have a strong potential to disrupt the market.
2. Renewable Energy - The renewable energy industry has a significant need for dependable and cost-effective energy storage solutions, and the development of biodegradable energy storage options using sustainable materials, such as crab shells, could be a significant disruptor in the market.
3. Sustainability - The development of sustainable batteries using biodegradable materials presents opportunities for companies in a wide range of industries to explore more environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional battery technologies.