Pint featured in Forbes and Vanderbilt Research News
How Scientists Turned Junkyard Scrap Metal Into A Battery
Inspired by an archaeological find, researchers have built a pill-bottle-sized battery starting from junkyard scrap metal. The scientists say their approach could someday be used to repurpose metal alloys commonly found around the house for energy storage applications.
As renewable energy sources like solar become a bigger part of our energy picture, the question of how to reliably store power for that proverbial rainy day becomes more and more important. Researchers are working on plenty of different battery technologies. (I’ve written about another technology, flow batteries, in a prior post.) At Vanderbilt University, Cary Pint wondered whether he could build a battery by starting with waste.