Swedish researchers have developed “power paper,” a plastic-like paper made completely from organic materials that has an exceptional ability to conduct ions and electrons. Just a small 6-inch piece – approximately 1/10 of an inch thick – can store 1F (farad), recharge in seconds, and be charged hundreds of times. Unlike other supercapacitors / batteries now in use, this material is made from renewable cellulose and a readily available polymer. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
“The process begins with cellulose, which is subjected to high-pressure water and broken down into nano fibers. Then, an electrically charged polymer is added to the water solution, where it forms a thin coating around the fibers. The paper is also lightweight, waterproof and can be produced in thick sheets. It requires none of the heavy metals or toxic materials that are found in many traditional batteries and capacitors,” reports Inhabitat.