Just when you think you got a grasp on all things hemp, NBCNews.com posts an article about a brand new use for this wonder plant: batteries.
Currently, batteries use graphene which according to another article on NBCNews.com “…is the strongest, slimmest and most malleable material in known existence. Graphene, which is a form of carbon, could change the way our devices look, feel, perform and even interact with our bodies”
That graphene stuff sounds pretty remarkable, doesn’t it? But oh wait! There’s something even better!
Check out what The American Chemical Society’s had to say about hemp at their national meeting which is currently being held in San Francisco:
Industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, can play a role in manufacturing super-powerful supercapacitors for energy storage at a cost that’s far cheaper than graphene, researchers report. The hemp-based technology took center stage Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco. A team led by David Mitlin, an engineering professor at Clarkson University, heated up hemp fibers to create carbon nanosheets that can be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. Compared with graphene, the hemp-derived carbon is “a little bit better, but it’s 1,000 times cheaper,” Mitlin told NBC News.
Well, I think that is very “energizing news” for the hemp industry. Perhaps this will take us one step closer to getting industrial hemp legalized in the U.S.
You can read the rest of the article here: Far Out! Hemp Could Power Better Super-Batteries