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Sony develops 'bio battery'

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The Japanese electronics company, Sony has introduced a paper-powered battery that generates electricity by turning paper into sugar, using it as fuel.

The company has announced that the bio-battery is environmentally friendly, as no harmful chemicals have been used in the product.

The power generating process uses the enzyme cellulose to decompose paper into glucose sugar.

The produced sugar is then combined with oxygen and further enzymes and finally turns into electrons and hydrogen ions. The battery uses the electrons to generate electricity.

Water and acid gluconolactone, which is commonly used in cosmetics, are created as by-products.

Researchers say the bio-battery mechanism is similar to the one used by white ants and termites to digest wood and turn it into energy.


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