Lithium, the main element in the composition of the batteries that power our devices (and also in the war against bipolar personality disorder) is not omnipresent on Earth: several countries are forced to import it from abroad, and this shortage leads to significant changes in the prices of technological equipment: the signs of its future scarcity are already there in the ever-increasing price that quality batteries present to buyers.
A group of researchers from Tokyo University led by Professor Shinichi Komaba may have discovered a 'sweet' substitute mode: one that uses sugar as a substitute element.
Heated to 1.500 ° in an oxygen-free oven, the sweetest friend we have is transformed into energy: it is a process that can also be achieved with other elements, but sucrose is one of the most abundant on the planet, and its use would prevent future availability problems.
We are still far from practical applications of this method, but if and when it will be enlarged on a larger scale it will significantly lower the prices of batteries: this would be pretty sweet for my ears too.
[Highlight]Expected development time: 5 years. [/ Highlight]