We all know that our body has the ability to create and store its own energy, but a new piece of technology could use something that our body naturally produces and turn it into an effective energy producer along with the use of soft drinks. The American Chemical Society reveled that they have created a new battery like device that uses mitochondria that then fuel biological cells as opposed to the current anode-cathode batteries we use to power our electronic devices.
So, what is this new technology? Well, it’s an old technology in every since of the word and has been around, but it is the first time that such a working fuel cell has been produced to power electronics in such a way. This new fuel cell takes mitochondria from our own bodies cells. The mitochondria are the energy producers of the human body and they help to convert sugars and fats into Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP for short. This produces a storage that stays in the human body until the cell needs to burn it to acquire the energy. This new technology that researchers have come up with wants to take that same concept and apply it to our electronic devices.
The new fuel cell that was developed by the American Chemical Society is still in testing stages and is still only a prototype, but in lab test researchers have demonstrated the new device and shown that the device uses essentially tow thin layers of mitochondria which are then placed and pressed between two electrodes, one electrode which is gas-permeable. Researchers then ran test and found that both cooking oil byproducts as well as sugar were able to produce electricity with the device. The main problem with such a device is that it is still in testing stages and due to that it is expensive compared to the current batteries that we have on the market and until it is widely produced and widely used we can’t expect it to have great success.
While the device has a lot of promise and while it can use excess soft drinks to power your devices among other things it will take some time for it to be truly effective. The major problem is that pop and things can be quite expensive compared to the current battery system that we implement. Even though this is the case, the fact that it can use sugar itself as well as cooling oil byproducts makes it viable as a greener energy source. The fact is that sometimes pop and other soft drinks go bad and rather than waste them we could instead use them to power our devices. Only time will tell how effective such a device will be, but at the very least it allows scientists to think in the same direction and produce similar devices in the future.