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Japan: Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We’ve all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at the Tokyo University of Science recently confirmed that carbon, a main element of sugar, could be harnessed to be used as an alternative power source for batteries, replacing the common lithium ion batteries used today.

R Lithium-ion batteries are the most common technology powering modern devices. But lithium itself is a rare metal that’s hard to come by, and countries that have to import it are developing alternatives. In Japan, researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have discovered a way to make a sodium-ion battery that can be made with plain old sugar.

But we’re not talking sugar straight out of the paper packet. Before it can be used as the anode in a sodium-ion battery, sucrose powder is turned into hard carbon powder by heating it to up to 1,500 degrees celsius in an oxygen-free oven. In reality, there are many raw materials that can be turned into carbon in a similar fashion, but the advantage to using sugar is that’s it’s practically an unlimited resource. Creating batteries from materials that are easily to replenish lowers the cost of manufacturing, and in turn the cost of devices
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