Battery Power – From Crab Shells

Electric vehicles are hot topics at the moment, but the increase in their popularity is driving the demand for batteries, and this in turn creates problems with environmental issues connected with these power sources, but there could be an answer – the humble crab.

In a paper published in the journal Matter, scientists manage to create a zinc battery with a biodegradable electrolyte made from, of all things, crab shells.

Lead author Liangbing Hu, director of the University of Maryland’s Centre for Materials Innovation, explained: “Vast quantities of batteries are being produced and consumed, raising the possibility of environmental problems.