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These articles were published in our popular science magazine: Inside Diamond
This article was recently published in our popular science magazine: Inside Diamond
Problem solving is a scientist’s favourite task. And one of the biggest challenges for material science is to design sustainable materials. “This includes materials made from cheap and abundant resources and also simple and safe manufacturing methods” says Zoe Schnepp, Chemistry Fellow at the University of Birmingham. With her team she looked at ways to power our cars and homes in a green and inexpensive way.
We all are aware that fossil fuels are not sustainable and pollute our planet. Even though, solar and wind power are fabulous alternatives, they are limited by nature –the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Batteries also can store energy, but have unfortunately a low energy density. This means the relation between the weight of the device and the amount of energy stored is low. Not to forget that a battery needs to be either discarded or recharged.
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