Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,687 Reviews & Articles | 36,213 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Fractal Design Arc Cases Contest (Global Entry!)

US scientists working on way to turn plastic bags into batteries

US scientists working on a way to use plastic bags to create batteries

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Feb 19, 2013 7:38 am

Scientists from the Argonne National Laboratory are working on something truly incredible, where they are converting plastic bags into batteries - yes, you read that right. Vilas Pol, a Chemist with the laboratory was interviewed by Al Jazeera, where he cut a plastic bag and eventually turned it into a battery.


TweakTown image news/2/8/28616_04_us_scientists_working_on_way_to_turn_plastic_bags_into_batteries.jpg


Pol did this by cutting plastic bags into bits, puts the pieces of plastic bag into a metal tube, adds a 'catalyst', and heats it to 700C. In three hours, a fine black-colored powder - carbon. This carbon sells for $150 per gram, making it worth more than gold. Within a few minutes, the carbon can be converted into a watch battery. Scientists are now working on making this technology cheaper.


The more energy pushed into the battery, the cheaper the battery can get - which is the main driving force of storing more energy into the battery itself. The US government is set to invest $120 million into the project, to create smaller batteries that would eventually be used in smartphones, right up to electric cars.


The technology that is baked into the Chevy Volt, was made at the Argonne National Laboratory. The lab's goal is to see battery life extend from the current 2-5 years to 10-15 years, within the next decade.


Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Science, Space & Robotics news at our Science, Space & Robotics news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this news

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Latest Downloads

View More Latest Downloads

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?

Yes, Battlefield is doomed

No, Battlefield will live on strong

I'm not sure, but I know EA needs to improve its game

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Get TweakTown updates via Facebook!
Just click the "Like" button below