Sugar Powered Battery Could Power Future Smartphones


Scientists at Virginia Tech University have developed a sugar powered battery that will replace conventional Lithium-ion batteries found in the current smartphones. It will store 10 times more energy than the equivalent Lithium-ion batteries. The battery technology could play a big part in the future of smartphone world. Most smartphones today run on lithium-ion batteries, which are costly and use limited source like lithium. Sugars, on the other hand, are abundant in supply and safe to use. “Sugar is a perfect energy-storage compound in nature,” said Y H Zhang, professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. “So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.” The battery operates like a fuel cell, breaking down a fuel source and releasing energy. It is powered by a partially digested starch. The starch is broken down into a complex sugar called maltodextrin, which is then further broken down by a chain of 13 enzymes. The process releases significant amount of electrons , which can be used to generate electricity. The main byproduct is water, making the whole process environment friendly option. According to the team at Virginia Tech university, the sugar powered battery could be in use within three years and recharging will be as simple as adding more sugar. Stay tuned for more updates.