Bio-batteries efficient to combat power wastage
US scientists have developed easy to produce, low-cost, flexible and biodegradable paperbased batteries that are more efficient to combat power wastage, as well as provide an eco-friendly alternative. The biobattery uses a hybrid of paper and engineered polymers. The polymers -- poly (amic) acid and poly (pyromellitic dianhydride-p-phenylenediamine) -- were the key to giving the batteries biodegrading properties. “There’s been a dramatic increase in electronic waste and this may be an excellent way to start reducing that,” said Seokheun ‘Sean’ Choi, Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton. For years, there has been excitement in the scientific community about the possibility of paper-based batteries as an eco-friendly alternative. This new design solves all of those problems, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal Advanced Sustainable Systems.