Over 2 decades later and I still remember Durian's stink. Smells like farts. Spicy food farts.
But this is super cool.
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The waste parts of the world’s smelliest fruit can be recycled into energy storage devices to rapidly charge electric vehicles and gadgets.
Vincent Gomes at the University of Sydney and his colleagues used leftovers from notoriously smelly durians and jackfruits, the world’s biggest tree fruit, to make superlight, hollow materials called aerogels. The aerogels make efficient component parts for energy storing devices called supercapacitors.
“Durian and jackfruit offer waste inedible portions that are porous and may replace high cost supercapacitor materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene,” says Gomes.
Supercapacitors work differently to conventional batteries and so can’t store as much energy, but they can charge much faster. They can be used to store the energy harvested from braking systems in electric vehicles, which can then be transferred to the battery or used to provide short bursts of power for quick acceleration.
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