Using algae to produce biodiesel is nothing new, but could a battery built from algae solve the range anxiety of EV drivers? That’s the claim of creator Adam Freeman, who says his algae battery charges faster, lasts longer, and holds more energy than current battery technology.
Forming a research company called aiGAS, Freeman is seeking funding to take his home-built lab experiment to the prototype phase. His research centers around the super-thin fibers found in algae that allow ions to travel faster, resulting in a much shorter charge time. While plenty of research has gone into using algae as an alternative fuel or power source, this is something altogether different…and exciting.
The key component is a bio-safe polymer that binds the algae fibers together, creating a sort of “living” battery that can safely recharge in a matter of seconds, not hours. More importantly, it would make mining for lithium and other hard-to-find battery components uncessary, as we could literally “grow” batteries for the next generation of EVs.
So how far off is this discovery? Freeman says that with $1,500, he can put together a prototype, and that for just $5,000, his algae batteries could be ready for mass production by the end of the summer.
Sounds like somebody needs to start a crowdfunding campaign.