Gallery: MIT Develops Virus-Powered Car Battery

 

Battery technology is looking brighter (and more futuristic) than ever as researchers at MIT recently announced they have successfully engineered viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery. These virus-built batteries can be created cheaply using an environmentally benign process, tout the same energy capacity as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries, and may one day be used to power everything from personal electronic devices to hybrid vehicles.

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  1. hivemind April 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

    @doran

    “Does this really differ significantly from a potato battery which is grown from soil organisms?”

    Yes, massively!! The fact that potato can be used to create a battery is a consequence of the phosphoric acid (H3PO4) in the potato reacting with the electrodes. The soil organisms play no part whatsoever.

    This virus battery uses genetically engineered viruses and carbon nanotubes, the fact is here is that the viruses themselves form a vital part of the conduction process. Reading the MIT article might give you more insight.

  2. doran April 9, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Does this really differ significantly from a potato battery which is grown from soil organisms?

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