In order to achieve a clean energy future, energy storage has a key role. Given the fact that most of the renewable energy sources can be unpredictable and intermittent, such as solar energy, batteries are highly important to enable reliable energy supply. And here comes the tricky part.
The most commonly used battery nowadays is lithium-ion battery as they have much higher energy density than other battery solutions. If lithium was renewable source you ask? Not in the least. It will run out. A recent research shows that in best scenario the planet will run out of lithium in 350 years. However, the worst scenario is less than 17 years.
The revolution of energy technologies requires revolution of batteries, and just as simple as it sounds the battery solution research and development began to work at full blast worldwide.
One of the most innovative battery device, which has been introduced lately is the Bioo Energy Storage Plant.
This charger is literally a pot called the Bioo Lite, uses the energy of photosynthesis to charge smartphones.
Photosynthesis is the process of green plants, algae, and certain bacteria energy production in which carbon dioxide, water, and certain inorganic salts are changed into carbohydrates using energy from the sun and chlorophyll.
The NASA has been researching artificial photosynthesis and how it can be turned into electricity. This start-up company used the idea to use it in everyday even in its rudimentary stage.
As it is shown on the picture below the substances of photosynthesis are being delivered by the roots. These substances then react with the active anaerobic microorganism in which procedure, the water becomes electrolyzed. From that point with an anode and a cathode it can be used just as any batteries.
As it has been mentioned before, the technology is quite rudimentary yet, but it could lead to a future changing battery solution, it could be used anywhere in wide-ranging woods.
This small device, with many others show that lithium-ion batteries could be replaced in the future, however, these are not as efficient as lithium-ion battery, but this is just the beginning. You can never know how far a technology will stretch.