Humans at present have become dependent on power as never before. They demand power for almost every activity they pursue. The growing need of power breeds a craving need for cheaper sources of power and energy that also are lesser harsh on the environment.
Moving ahead on the same track, a bunch of researchers clinched a milestone. The team created an environment-friendly battery which deploys a compound (flavin) from Vitamin B2 as the cathode to bank the energy. It is the only factor contrasting it from other Li-ion batteries in current use. Researchers assessed various long chain polymers to get the best bet.
Dwight Safer's, An Associate Professor at University of Toronto states,
“We've been looking to nature for a while to find complex molecules for use in many consumer electronics applications. When you take something made by nature that is already complex, you end up spending less time making new material."
It's not the first instance to introduce a bio-derived battery part. But the team developed the first battery to use biologically derived polymers and long chain molecules in an electrode. Hence energy reserve is a Vitamin born plastic. It is a much better alternate to Cobalt. Cobalt is costly, hard to process, and brutal to the environment.
The Vitamin that the team found worthwhile is originated from genetic modification of fungi. A semi-synthetic process forms a long chain backbone by linking two flavin units. It gives us a handy polymer.
It resulted in an innovation providing the world with a green battery. This battery is vital as we are at the door of the IOT era. We are going to need a battery for everything we use, so better use a battery that harms less. It is what the study had to say when published in the journal- Advanced Functional Materials.
Saferos added- "It's a pretty safe, natural compound. If you wanted to, you could eat the source material it comes from."
Vitamin B2 is both oxidizable and reduceable. Thus it is a much compatible material for a lithium-ion battery. It can make all the batteries in our phones and laptops greener and safer, and that is a step up that counts.