US/CANADA An influx of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie that affected the water systems of Toledo, Ohio residents in 2014 has led to a new way of making sodium-ion batteries.
Scientists from Wayne State and Pennsylvania State Universities collected algae samples from the Lake Erie blooms converting them to hard carbon through a freeze drying and baking process. The resulting matter is a low-cost form of electrodes in sodium-ion batteries.
The study is appropriately named "Trash to Treasure." The electrodes made from the algal blooms holds more energy than sodium-ion batteries. The researchers hope their method helps sodium-ion batteries replace the more costly lithium-ion that is commonly used to power electronics. Read more about the study at ajlinks.ca/HABs.
Compiled by Eunize Lao, Naomi Roy and Rebecca Doyle.
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|Title Annotation:||Research Digest; sodium-ion batteries made from algal blooms|
|Author:||Lao, Eunize; Roy, Naomi; Doyle, Rebecca|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2016|
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