Taiwan's scientists invent eco-friendly reusable chlorophyll organic battery

The eco-friendly battery will replace the conventional batteries, experts said.

 The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very pro

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The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very pro

The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very prou

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The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very prou

The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very prou

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The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very prou

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The faculty and students of the National Formosa University's Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science in Yunlin County must be very proud because the world's first Chlorophyll organic battery has been vented by their colleague and students.

Professor Chungpin Hovering Liao (廖重賓) and two graduate students Yang Ping-huang (楊秉晃) and Chen Chun-lang (陳俊郎) jointly created the world’s first chlorophyll organic battery.

Given today’s rising environmental awareness, eco- friendly practices gradually become a global trend. As a result, the new invention is a great progress in human efforts to preserve and protect the environment.

The chlorophyll organic battery runs on any liquid—even urine can do—to power up. It doesn't take much time to start juicing the battery, either. Within 10 seconds of being doused with liquid of any sorts, the battery starts providing power.

Yang and Chen demonstrate how the environmentally friendly battery works by putting the battery in water for 10 seconds and than the battery can provide electricity to an LED light bulb. The magical invention by Taiwan’s scientists is clearly a blessing for the environment.

Liao said that Chlorophyll is responsible for transforming carbon dioxide in the air to oxygen and it uses the energy of the sun to manufacture nourishment for the plant. Chlorophyll is a concentrated sun energy and located within the membrane of the chloroplasts, which are small, green organelles found in plant cells. Chlorophyll is a large molecule composed of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and magnesium coordinated with four central nitrogen atoms. It functions to initiate photosynthesis, a complex biochemical pathway in which solar energy is used to convert water and carbon dioxide to glucose and other carbohydrates.

The chlorophyll organic battery is very suitable for using outdoor because it only requires water to be functional. Even more surprising is that the battery is environmentally friendly and will not harm to ecosystem since it does not contain toxic substances used in conventional batteries. On top of the above, the battery also has the low production cost of NT$1 to NT$2.

But, the battery's flexibility does come with a catch: it only produces half the power of a conventional battery. But, power duration problem will be solved in future, said Liao. The eco-friendly battery will replace the conventional batteries, experts said. Liao is currently in the process of applying for patents in Taiwan and the United States.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff