By: April Carson
A team of researchers claims it has discovered a unique property of graphene that suggests it could be a "clean and limitless" source of energy in the future.
Graphene, the "miracle material" with a single layer of carbon atoms that was first discovered in 2004, is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms. Graphene's movement was investigated by scientists from the University of Arkansas.
However, because graphene is essentially a two-dimensional substance that shouldn't exist, its existence is somewhat of an enigma. However, owing to a loophole, which refers to the carbon atoms in graphene changing randomly, it is able to thrive. This phenomenon is known as Brownian motion.
Paul Thibado of the University of Arkansas and his students tracked the movement of graphene using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in this study, which was published in Physical Review Letters. At tiny sizes, they discovered that there was not only Brownian motion, but also substantial movements of the graphene sheet itself, with the atoms moving together.
“This is the key to harvesting energy from 2D materials via their motion,” Thibado said. “To do this, you must use a concept called superposition and entanglement (or quantum physics).”
The researchers said they were able to continuously generate 10 microwatts of power using a graphene sheet that was 10 microns wide. So it does seem to point towards the possibility of a clean, albeit limited, energy source.
In a video, Thibado demonstrated how this movement might be used to replace today's batteries. he discovered how a negatively charged sheet of graphene placed between two electrodes might be used to produce an alternating current.
"If you had this powering your watch, for example, you'd never have to replace the batteries," he added in the video. "Imagine all the things you could accomplish if you didn't have to go and change a battery."
This innovation also has the potential to let any item send, receive, and store data simply by being at room temperature.
Graphene is capable of doing a variety of things, including enhancing solar cells, making thinner television displays, and far more. The notion that it may be used as a battery replacement will undoubtedly increase its appeal even more.
The world is always in need of new and effective sources of power, and "clean and unlimited" energy would be a huge breakthrough.
A man-made material that is capable of producing an electrical current — without needing to plug it into something — is a technological marvel, indeed. The idea that this graphene product could potentially replace batteries would be a great thing for those who adamantly support clean energy.
It's unclear as to whether or not this graphene battery will be a complete replacement for lithium-ion and other kinds of batteries that we use today, but if it can enhance them in any way, shape, or form — improving the strength and usefulness — then it's likely something we'll see in the future.
The graphene loophole may lead to "clean and unlimited" energy in the future. For years, scientists have been trying to find a way to create a battery that doesn't use traditional materials like lithium, and it looks like they've finally found something that works. A team of researchers from the University of Manchester has created a device that is made of graphene and has the ability to power large electrical devices.
The team claims that this graphene battery will be a complete replacement for lithium-ion and other kinds of batteries that we use today, but if it can enhance them in any way, shape, or form — improving the strength and usefulness — then it's likely something many people will be interested in.
The graphene battery, which is still in the developmental stages, has a number of advantages over traditional batteries. First, it's incredibly durable and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. Second, it doesn't degrade like other batteries do, meaning that it can be recharged time and time again without losing its efficacy. Finally, it's incredibly lightweight and can be produced at a fraction of the cost of traditional batteries.
A team of scientists at Stanford University is currently working on a graphene battery that they believe will be a breakthrough in energy storage technology. While it's still unclear whether or not this particular battery will be a success, the potential implications are huge. A battery that can store clean, renewable energy would be a major step forward in developing sustainable technology.
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