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Durian and Jackfruit Waste Can be Used to Create Energy: Study

Durian and jackfruit waste can be used to create energy stores for rapid electricity charging

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Researchers have done just that and developed a method that uses durian and jackfruit waste to create energy stores for rapid electricity charging. Pixabay

Imagine if we could use plants and fruit, to store electricity that charges commonly used electronics like mobile phones or even electric cars? Researchers have done just that and developed a method that uses durian and jackfruit waste to create energy stores for rapid electricity charging.

In the study, published in the Journal of Energy Storage, the research team explaind how they managed to turn the tropical fruits into super-capacitors.

Super-capacitors are like energy reservoirs that dole out energy smoothly. They can quickly store large amounts of energy within a small battery-sized device and then supply energy to charge electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, within a few seconds. “Using durian and jackfruit purchased from a market, we converted the fruits’ waste portions (biomass) into super-capacitors that can be used to store electricity efficiently,” said study researcherr Vincent Gomes, Associate Professor at University of Sydney in Australia.

“Using a non-toxic and non-hazardous green engineering method that used heating in water and freeze drying of the fruit’s biomass, the durian and jackfruit were transformed into stable carbon aerogels — an extremely light and porous synthetic material used for a range of applications,” Gomes added.

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Durian and jackfruit waste was selected based on the excellent template nature provides for making porous aerogels. Pixabay

“Carbon aerogels make great super-capacitors because they are highly porous. We then used the fruit-derived aerogels to make electrodes which we tested for their energy storage properties, which we found to be exceptional,” Gomes explained.

According to the researchers, compared to batteries, super-capacitors are not only able to charge devices very quickly but also in orders of magnitude greater charging cycles than conventional devices. Current super-capacitors are made from activated carbon which are nowhere near as efficient as the ones prepared during this project, they said.

Explaining why they picked durian and jack fruit, Gomes said: “Durian waste was selected based on the excellent template nature provides for making porous aerogels. The durian and jackfruit super-capacitors perform much better than the materials currently in use and are comparable, if not better, than the expensive and exotic graphene-based materials, according to the study.

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“Durian waste, as a zero-cost substance that the community wants to get rid of urgently due to its repulsive, nauseous smell, is a sustainable source that can transform the waste into a product to substantially reduce the cost of energy storage through our chemical-free, green synthesis protocol,” Gomes said. (IANS)

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Sony PlayStation 5 Console to Have Wireless Charging Feature

PS5 controller to feature wireless charging: Report

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Sony 'PlayStation 5' console will be having wireless charging via the use of an attachable adaptor. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Even as Sony has confirmed that the company will be launching its next-generation gaming console ‘PlayStation 5’ soon now a latest patent has revealed that the upcoming console may feature wireless charging via the use of an attachable adaptor.

Sony filed a controller patent with the World Intellectual Property Organisation in the summer of last year, and the full document is now available for public viewing, complete with pictures and a detailed description of the product itself, news portal Gamesradar reported recently.

The patent describes Sony’s plans to develop “a wireless charging adapter that can snap onto a computer game controller can be inductively coupled to a charging base to wirelessly recharge a battery in the controller.”

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Recently, a report claimed that the upcoming console by Sony may feature a microphone on the controller for voice assistant on-board. (Representational Image). Pixabay

This new feature will make the device capable of interpreting commands and requests while it is in use, much like smart speakers such as Amazon’ Echo range.

Recently, a report claimed that the upcoming console may feature a microphone on the controller for voice assistant on-board.

Additionally, the latest model is also expected to add two new buttons to the design.

It looks remarkably similar to the current DualShock 4 but with a couple of extra buttons on the rear and one major omission — the PS button on the front.

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On the other side, the back is exactly the same, but includes two new configurable buttons, which means one can program them to perform the same function of another button.

The latest design also shows a USB Micro-B charger, suggesting that this new controller could work with the PlayStation 4. (IANS)