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    Energy-dense sugar battery created

    Just came across this. A very energy dense battery that runs on sugar. Pretty cool as an energy alternative for computers etc.


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    Ooooh. I like that idea.

    If they can get it to commercial standards they'll be on a real winner.


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    Very interesting find, skeptic. Possibly there may be a use for high fructose corn syrup that is more beneficial than excessive ingestion of same.

    (Another interesting use for sugar is as a dry poultice for livestock when combined 50/50 with plain, dry laundry soap. Pack that onto an open wound after cleaning it and repeat twice daily for excellent ability to promote healing, prevent infection and minimize scarring. I have used it on several occasions with excellent outcomes, learned from an old cowboy.)
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    The sugar battery gets a mention in lots of places. I like this vision of it.


    “Imagine a device the size of a home heating oil tank sitting in your basement,” says study co-lead author Michael Marshak. “It would store a day’s worth of sunshine from the solar panels on the roof of your house, potentially providing enough to power your household from late afternoon, through the night, into the next morning, without burning any fossil fuels,”

    The technology now faces a grueling testing process to assess the degradation rate over thousands of cycles, with early tests indicating no signs of degradation. A Connecticut-based commercial collaborator, Sustainable Innovations, hopes to have a portable demonstration model ready in around three years and will bring the product to market when ready.

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    Interesting. It's not clear if this allows recharge or if it uses an external supply of sugars as a biofuel.

    For those who are interested, another kind of organic chemistry battery has been revealed recently - a flow battery based on quinones which looks like it has potential for low cost stationary energy storage.

    I've never thought that cost effective energy storage was some kind of elusive impossibility; just something that's been low priority and weak on R&D because there has been little financial incentive for large scale storage in the presence of abundant, low cost fossil fuels. Unfortunately there is still a lot of mileage for those seeking to avoid being forced into low emissions transformation - those who are doing just fine using fossil fuels and don't or won't accept the science on climate and emissions - in promoting the belief that it's impossible and or prohibitive.
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