Sugar Could One Day Power Smartphones

Sugar Could One Day Power Smartphones
technology

Japanese scientists have found that hard carbon, obtained by heating up sucrose, is an effective anode material for sodium ion batteries.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 october 2012

A group of Japanese researchers from the Tokyo University of Science have found that sugar could be used to create batteries for powering our devices. DigInfo reports that hard carbon, which is easily obtained by heating sucrose to 1,000-1,5000°c in an oxygen-free atmosphere, is an effective anode material for sodium ion batteries. These could replace lithium ion batteries, which are expensive and scarce in Japan due to its reliance on imports.

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