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Batteries

Just a Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Battery Last Longer

Researchers from the Monash Energy Institute have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries that are essential for aviation, electric vehicles and submarines. The secret ingredient? A bit of sugar.


The Monash team reported in Nature Communications that using a glucose-based additive on the positive electrode they have managed to stabilise lithium-sulphur battery technology, long touted as the basis for the next generation of batteries.


“In less than a decade, this technology could lead to vehicles including electric buses and trucks that can travel from Melbourne to Sydney without recharging. It could also enable innovation in delivery and agricultural drones where light weight is paramount," says lead author Professor Mainak Majumder, from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Director of the Monash Energy Institute.


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