Algae batteries as good as lithium?

At the University of Uppsala in Sweden, scientists accidentally made lightweight, flexible batteries from algae. When optimized, they have similar storage capacity as lithium ion batteries. Now that’s at least one way to put the green into green power. Beyond Sweden, none other than the highest in the technoratti ranks have been attending to the idea of producing oil from algae. Last year Bill Gates made news for his investment in a company that wants to make auto fuel from algae oil. And who knows where this could lead? There is no word on whether Apple is planning to create a more fun algae oil with an app for it.

Since algae grows on water, there is at least one biotech beach near San Diego where techies are studying the process of growing algae and turning it into fuel. At least 65,000 species of algae are thought to exist. And it is believed that different species could yield different types of oil.

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