Las Vegas, NV, March 15, 2022 Better clothing, better food, better gadgets. .is there anything hemp can’t do?
Today, the benefits of hemp-based batteries and how a group of American and Canadian researchers used hemp bast fiber (the inner bark of the plant that usually ends up in landfill) to develop a battery that has been used in cars and power tools.
According to Return to Now, the researchers “cooked the woody pulp and processed them into carbon nanosheets, which they used to build supercapacitors on a par with or better than graphene which is the industry gold standard.”
Is this new?
Hemp batteries are referred to as supercapacitors. According to High Grade Hemp Seed, “it’s best to think of a battery-powered car or truck. They need a steady amount of electric energy as they drive down a country road.
However, if that car stops at a red light, the battery will need a big burst of energy when the light turns green to get going again. Lithium-ion batteries are great at storing energy for a long time and expending it slowly.
However, they are not so good at rapidly releasing a large amount of energy, like what a car needs when a red light turns green.” Supercapacitors are good at performing this function. “These types of batteries can discharge their entire load of energy quickly to provide a big boost of energy. That’s exactly what an electric vehicle needs to accelerate quickly. While supercapacitors don’t hold a charge for long, they can absorb regenerative energy from braking.”
The research team, led by Chemical Engineer Dr. David Mitlin of Clarkson University, NY, believed “replacing lithium batteries with hemp would make electric cars and other gadgets” we use in everyday life more sustainable.
Especially if you’re one of the lucky ones to have an electric car. Most auto batteries today are made from lithium-ion, an expensive material, so replacing lithium batteries with hemp would make electric cars more sustainable. Now let’s take a look at the benefits of hemp-based batteries, as noted by highhempgradeseed.com: — High Energy Density: Energy density refers to the amount of energy a battery can hold based on its weight.
A 2016 study conducted by Carbon found that hemp-based batteries contained an energy density of 19.8 Watt-hours per kilogram. — Cost: One of the benefits of using hemp over graphene is that hemp batteries can be made using hemp waste that hemp farmers don’t need. This makes hemp both easy to find and much cheaper than graphene. Over the next decades, the world is going to need a lot of batteries to power its vehicles, homes, and cities.
Cheaper batteries made with hemp could keep the cost of this transition much lower. — Availability: Graphene is a versatile “it” material that is finding its way in everything from silicon chips to solar cells and, of course, batteries. However, one of the biggest downsides of graphene is that it is difficult to make in large quantities. Hemp, on the other hand, can grow to maturity in a few months and is known for its ability to grow in many different types of soil, including soils that cannot sustain other crops. — Superconductivity: Batteries need to conduct electricity with as little resistance as possible.
The more resistant a material is to conductivity, the less efficient the battery will be. Hemp-based batteries showed extremely good conductivity. — Temperature Resistance: The conductivity of hemp batteries remains high even in hot and cold temperatures according to the original study on hemp-based batteries.
Hemp, Inc. has the largest industrial multipurpose hemp processing facility in North America, an 85,000-square foot facility in Spring Hope, N.C. Its mission of providing green solutions that help make the world a better place continues to flourish as the company advances an ever-growing portfolio of revenue- and value-generating synergistic businesses. Hemp may be the salvation in retooling America for greener, more sustainable domestic manufacturing.