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Researchers Develop Potato Powered Batteries

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On June 23, 2010 @ 4:44 pm In Environment,green gadgets,Innovation,Renewable Energy | 3 Comments

potato battery, potatoes, batteries, electricity, green design [1]

Potatoes [2] are good for more than just filling up your stomach on the quick; they’re also potential sources of electricity, according to Yissum Research Development Company Ltd [3]. The company, which is an arm of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has developed a “solid organic electric battery based upon treated potatoes” that is five to fifty times cheaper than commercial 1.5 volt D cells and Energizer e91 cell batteries. The light generated from the potato battery is also at least 6 times more economical than kerosene lamps.

potato battery, potatoes, batteries, electricity, green designPhoto by FotoosVanRobin [4]

According to researchers working on the project, zinc, copper electrodes, and a slice of potato are all that is necessary to create a working battery. By boiling a potato [5] prior to use, the researchers discovered that they could generate 10 times the power of an untreated potato, enabling the battery to work for weeks at a time.

We probably won’t see potato batteries on store shelves anytime soon, but don’t be surprised if potato-based medical implants find their way into hospitals sometime in the near future.

+ Yissum Research Development Company Ltd [3]

Via HotHardware [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/23/researchers-develop-potato-powered-batteries/potatobattery/

[2] Potatoes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/22/potato-chair-is-literally-made-from-potatoes/

[3] Yissum Research Development Company Ltd: http://www.yissum.co.il/

[4] FotoosVanRobin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoosvanrobin/4366716950/

[5] potato: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/13/spudware-cutlery-made-from-potatoes/&sa=X&ei=_2giTNnbNN-xnAeNy80m&ved=0CBoQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEWttneEKOEQhLwsNtQrq2XjaHpjw

[6] HotHardware: http://hothardware.com/News/Potatoes-May-Power-The-Batteries-Of-The-Future/

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