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

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.

The researchers will work on making sodium ion batteries commercially viable and think it may take around five years to achieve a practical version. Check out the video below to learn more about this new source of battery power:

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