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Saudi Arabia: Potatoes maybe batteries of the futureResearchers in Saudi Arabia have produced a potato powered battery that may become commercially available as early as next year.
The battery was inspired by a 2010 paper published by Israeli and American scientists, that showed the benefits of potato powered batteries to those living in rural areas.
Professor of physics at King Abdulaziz University, Suliman Abdalla said that he is developing a prototype that is two times more efficient than a standard 1.5V battery, 26 times cheaper, and could provide clean energy for millions of people.
Experiments with a variety of vegetables show that potatoes produce the most energy and are most suited to be used to produce batteries. According to the research, an 18mm slice of potato produces the most power.
Similar research has been carried out in Sri Lanka, but they opted not to pursue potato batteries as their crops are required as a staple part of the national diet.
Publication date: 3/21/2012
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