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Electric Cars Powered by Shellfish

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Sea creatures do not only end up on a delicious seafood platter. A sustainable battery made from shellfish can power electric cars to drive your hungry, lazy bums to the desired destination.

Prepare to be mind-blown, as the seafood that fuels our stomachs can also fuel our cars. A group of scientists, led by Professor Liangbing Hu of the University of Maryland, discovered the solution to meeting the motor industry’s growing demand for renewable energy.

Scientists created an innovative device out of chitin — the major structural component of crustaceans. Professor Hu said: “Chitin has a lot of sources including the cell walls of fungi, the exoskeletons of crustaceans — and squid pens. The most abundant source of chitosan is the exoskeletons of crustaceans, including crabs, shrimps, and lobsters, which can be easily obtained from seafood waste. You can find it on your table.”

The scientists claim that two-thirds of the battery could be taken apart by microbes making it an environmentally friendly option. It left behind the metal component zinc instead of lead or lithium, which could be recycled.

Professor Hu added: “Zinc is more abundant in earth’s crust than lithium. Generally speaking, well-developed zinc batteries are cheaper and safer.”

If skeptics doubt the efficiency of these bad boys, the battery has a proven energy efficiency rate of 99.7 percent after 1,000 battery cycles. We might have to start clearing our dining tables to fuel our cars.

Source: https://www.cell.com/matter/fulltext/S2590-2385(22)00414-3

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