When you think of products made with bamboo and coconuts, things like furniture and food probably come to mind. But if some Malaysian engineers have their way, these tropical items may one day have yet another important use in the creation of high tech batteries. As reported in the environmental news network, scientists have discovered that bamboo, coconut shells and certain tropical fruit skins can be converted into a type of carbon used to make electric battery supercapacitors. Since supercapacitors are typically made from carbon created by fossil fuels, this coconut-bamboo breakthrough promises to not only provide income to developing world people, but to also drop the price of making a battery a hefty 30 percent!
March 22, 2011 by CFACT,
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