A group of engineers and professors led by Stefano Passerini and Daniel Bucholz at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have invented high-performance sodium-ion batteries that are created using material drawn from discarded and rotten technologies.
The process involves drying out the rotten apples and repurposing their carbon content to create 'hard carbon', which is cheap but promises high-flying electrode performance. It's an innovative but simple process that could go a long way towards boosting green energy initiatives.
Ultimately, this apple-powered sodium-ion battery technology could be of use in a wide variety of applications such as grid power storage, and could even be used to power consumer electronics devices and even some electric cars. These batteries are less expensive and more green than typical lithium-ion batteries, making them even more desirable.
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