New Organic Battery Is Renewable and 95% Cheaper Than Conventional Batteries

When you think of a battery, you typically think of something metal. No surprise there, as metals are excellent conductors of electricity.

But there are other things that conduct electricity well. A team of researchers from Harvard used a class of particularly conductive organic compounds known as quinones to create an electrochemical battery that may revolutionize the industry.

The batteries consist of quinones dissolved in a container of water, making a solution which is quite conducive to conducting electricity and storing energy.

Lead project researcher Michael J. Aziz

Lead project researcher Michael J. Aziz

The Harvard battery performed just as well as the leading commercial battery, despite the fact it only cost about $27 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, compared to around $700 for conventional batteries.

The major reason for this drastic difference in price is that quinones are naturally abundant. In their battery, the team used a quinone compound which is almost identical to one found naturally in rhubarbs.

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