A Sustainable Battery with a Biodegradable Electrolyte Made from Crab Shells

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Scientists have recently developed a zinc battery with environmentally safe electrolytes from seafood wastes like shrimp and crab exoskeletons. Containing a gel-like electrolyte called chitosan, this zinc battery could store generated power from solar and wind sources. Biodegradable electrolytes are expected to break down within five months—as opposed to the polycarbonate separators of lithium-ion batteries, which may take centuries to diminish. Scientists are continually exploring other ways to make batteries environmentally friendly, with a particular focus on the manufacturing process. Read full article here

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