Using waste paper as batteries?
Our favourite, Japanese electronics giant Sony have been working on developing technology that turns waste paper into electricity…
How does this work, you must be asking?
Well, the technology produces electricity through turning shredded waste paper into sugar, which can then be used as fuel. If this product is brought to the consumer market; this brilliant new innovation could allow the public to power their mobile phones, tablet PCs etc. using waste material.
This product was demonstrated at the Japanese Eco-Products exhibition in December 2011, where children were invited to drop a piece of paper into a solution of water and enzymes and then to shake it. The equipment was then connected to a small fan, which after a few moments would begin to spin.
The technology sounds very exciting, however at the moment it is only powerful enough run basic music players but it still falls short from the power that is generated through commercially sold batteries.
Due to the potential environmentally friendly benefits that arise from this new technology, Greenpeace are welcoming the development.