Plastic bottles become nanomaterial for battery storage: new uses for waste

Plastic bottles become nanomaterial for battery storage

The experts from the University of California developed a unique method of converting plastic waste into nanomaterials that can be used in batteries. You can create it from ordinary plastic bottles. Adequate battery supply is an increasingly pressing problem. They are used to store energy and are needed in everyday life, in industries, for the use of electric vehicles.

But special materials are required to produce batteries with a high degree of long charging and fast energy storage. The new invention of the scientists took these requirements into account when an improved material for storing energy from various sources appeared.

The scientists used a variety of waste materials, including even glass bottles, beach sand, and ended up choosing the potential of plastic waste. It is estimated that in 2040, about 30% of the world's car fleet can be electric cars.

But the raw materials for the production of batteries for them will be high, and therefore an alternative should be sought now. An electrical engineering professor Mihri Ozkan believes that recycling plastic bottles can reduce the cost of batteries, make battery production more sustainable, and eliminate plastic pollution.

During preliminary testing, material was obtained that has many characteristics. The material is capable of not only storing energy like lithium-ion batteries, but also charging faster, making them suitable for a variety of applications.

The developers also claimed environmental benefits, believing that the approach to recycling plastic bottles and using recycled materials for new production represents an opportunity for the future research and innovation.