Earth Power: Are Hemp Batteries Better Compared to Lithium and Graphene

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Although people hardly know it, Model T by Henry Ford was partly made from hemp bioplastic while being powered using hemp biofuel. Recent studies have found that hemp batteries are eight times more useful than lithium-ion. 

Although proven on a small scale, it is believed that this will lead to greater discoveries.

Robert Murray Smith is the person who discovered this phenomenon. 

By observing Volts by Amps curves of lithium and hemp batteries, he concluded that the power underneath the lithium cell consisted of a value of just 4, while the hemp cell had a value of 31. 

Smith was able to determine that hemp cells were comparatively better, although he still doesn’t have solid proof. 

US scientists found that the ”shiv” from the hemp crop can be turned into an extremely fast super-capacitors way better than graphene. Graphene is a bulletproof synthetic carbon material that is expensive to create. 

Meanwhile, the hemp version is much cheaper. 

Dr. David Mitlin and his team from Clarkson University, New York, have recycled hemp fibers into supercapacitors that can quickly discharge their entire energy load. They are suitable for machines that need sharp bursts of power, such as electric cars. 

Hemp fiber structures make sheets with a high surface area. The bark is cooked, and lignin and semi-cellulose dissolved to get carbon nanosheets. Then the sheets are fabricated into electrodes by adding ionic liquid as the electrolyte. They can withstand a high range of temperatures and high energy density.

Instead of using fossil fuels that pollute the air, we can start using hemp biofuel, which is harmless. There’s no need to mine for lithium to power batteries when we already have this eco-friendly power source. 

Researchers report that Industrial hemp can play a part in manufacturing super-powerful supercapacitors for energy storage, which is far cheaper than graphene.

That’s pretty ‘energizing news’ for the hemp industries. Will the Energizer Bunny Be Hempified?  

Senator Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Fields, once said there is differences between industrial hemp and marijuana and the financial benefits to farmers. So many lawmakers are clueless about the difference between pot and hemp.

According to Wikipedia, hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa plant species grown, especially for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest-growing plants and one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber about 50,000 years ago.

These days hemp is used in various ways that marijuana cannot, which include skin products, clothing, healthy dietary supplements, and accessories. Overall, hemp is known to have well over 25,000 possible applications.

Levi Strauss & Co. was one of the first companies to jump on the bandwagon to produce sustainable clothing. Its original use was to get high; however, they discovered it has far greater qualities. 

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