Scientists at the University of California (Riverside) found a method that can turn Recycling Plastic Wastes, including plastic bottles, into rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. They did this work by changing plastic wastes into a carbon nanostructure material that is suitable for use as sustainable battery storage materials.
Due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources to generate electricity, battery storage becomes an essential need for renewables, including for solar and wind energy, in large-scale projects. This unique method can tackle the two biggest issues of humans on the Earth, “Recycling Plastic Wastes” and “Overcoming Climate Change Crisis”. The former is directly and the latter is indirectly addressed these issues.
Building Li-ion batteries from plastic wastes leads to the drastic reduction of Li-ion battery’s price and expand their usage in a wide variety of topics such as electric cars and buses. The reduction of the battery price changes its situation from a feasible option to a viable option within large-scale solar and wind power plants.
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