Could we be using hemp powered cars, homes, and phones in the near future? The research says YES.
In 2013, scientists discovered how to process raw hemp bast (“hemp bast fiber” or “bast” is the inner bark surrounding the stem) into activated carbons through hydrothermal processing and chemical activation . Hemp bast is a part of the plant that is often unused and wasted during other forms of hemp processing. They showed hemp is able to take in more electricity and provide better energy capacity at a fraction of the price.
What is a supercapacitor?A supercapacitor is an alternative to traditional electrical energy storage. After batteries, it is currently the next best option for storing power. This could change soon since scientists have now discovered how to use hemp in supercapacitor electrodes.
Today’s supercapacitors typically use graphene, which is drastically more expensive than hemp. Graphene, a carbon nanomaterial, is considered to be one of the best materials for supercapacitor electrodes. The key advantage is hemp electrodes are made from bio-waste using a simple process, and are therefore much cheaper than graphene.
The future is hemp based. Are you ready?
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