UMD Makes a Wood Battery for Pinocchio

by Blogburger on June 21, 2013

In a remarkable display of creativity, the University of Maryland has portrayed a prototype nanobattery created by researchers as being made of wood, sending the blogosphere into a tizzy. “A sliver of wood coated with tin could make a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery,” the university claims. A video strengthens that impression. However, the truth is a little different. It seems the researchers experimented with using wood fibers for the anode of a sodium-ion battery, rather than making a battery out of wood.

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