Only plants can recharge your smartphone!

The capacity of smartphones has diversified more massively in the recent years than it did five years ago. Starting from ride-hailing for work to sending money through smartphones, it’s only a matter of few years before this device opens further opportunities that were possible only in sci-fi movies. However, coming up with an efficient method of charging your smartphone batteries is still an extremely competitive ground where smartphone companies are constantly battling each other out to provide the maximum battery longevity for their customers.

But hold on, I guess a couple of researchers from RMIT have found something…

THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM?

The researchers have recently designed an electrode, which has the ability to charge up all your tech devices using plants! However, a problem still persists especially during gloomy days without adequate sunshine.

Supercapacitors have proven to be extremely useful if combined with solar technology for storing and discharging conserved energy. Yet its limited capacity makes it highly unreliable for large-scale energy production.

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THE PURPOSE OF THESE ELECTRODES

Once the power storage capacity is extended, supercapacitors can easily charge up devices using solar power. And the latest electrodes can raise the capacity of the supercaps by a staggering 3000 percent!

The secret to infinite energy lies in the leaves of the Western Swordfern, according to the researchers Litty V. Thekkekar and Min Gu that together wrote a research article.

ACCORDING TO THE RESEARCHERS

The concentrated network of veins scattered on these leaves are efficient conservers of energy, and this efficiency is attained through continuous patterns called “fractals.”

Our electrode is based on these fractal shapes — which are self-replicating, like the mini structures within snowflakes — and we’ve used this naturally-efficient design to improve solar energy storage at a nano level.

One of the many greatest achievements of these electrodes would be combining those with solar cells. As a result, it will not only be easier to store a tremendous amount of solar energy but also for prolonging hours.

(Credit: Inhabitat) Thekkekar and Min Gu

FURTHER LIKELY OPPORTUNITIES

According to Thekkekara whose sole interest lies in developing flexible thin film technology, and continued,

Flexible thin film solar could be used almost anywhere you can imagine, from building windows to car panels, smartphones to smart watches. We would no longer need batteries to charge our phones or charging stations for our hybrid cars.

The only downside is that the technology is yet to undergo further R&D; however, if properly sustained the technology will open uncountable miracles in the future.

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