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New bio-batteries running on sugar may replace lithium-ion batteries

Heard of a battery that consumes sugar and can run your smartphone for 10 days? This bio-battery may soon become a reality.

Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech, have designed a new bio-battery with a greater output per weight than the typical lithium-ion batteries used in most electronics.

A bio-battery converts sugar into energy – much like our metabolism – decomposing sugar into carbon dioxide and water while releasing electrons.

“By using the lithium-ion battery, for example, your phone can only last for one day. In the future, it would use sugar as the fuel. Then the phone could last 10 days,” explained Zhiguang Zhu, a researcher at Virginia Tech.

The new bio-battery fully converts sugar into energy, which means more power output than previous bio-batteries and a greater battery charge than common lithium-ion batteries.
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