It turns out that sand is the key ingredient to creating more efficient batteries, researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering found. Sand-based lithium ion batteries outperformed the current industry standard by three times.
"This is the holy grail - a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes," graduate student Zachary Favors, working with engineering professors Cengiz and Mihri Ozkan, said in a statement.
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