This technology could also be used to provide low-intensity indoor lighting, or to transform trees into self-powered streetlights, the researchers say.
State-of-the-art lithium ion batteries are powering a revolution in clean transport and high-end consumer electronics, but there is still plenty of scope for improving charging time.
Many electric and hybrid cars use lithium-ion batteries, which are known to be exceptionally safe, but occasionally, an impact may disrupt the battery’s function, creating an electrical short.
New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles.
Power conversion is intrinsically inefficient: A power converter will never output quite as much power as it takes in.
The team created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce maximum power similar to that produced by his previous paper-based microbial fuel cells.