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Solar module dust can be removed as if by magic. But storage is key to expedite clean energy use.

Now, an Australian startup is using the research findings of its professor founder to make batteries more sustainable and cost-effective.

Unlike other water-based electrolytes, the batteries’ conductive liquid doesn’t dissolve into its inactive components at voltages of 1.2 or more.

The thermodynamic trick is to combine water molecules with surfactants on a microscopic scale. The electrolyte is also significantly cheaper to manufacture.

Since the startup makes its supercapacitors and batteries without rare earths, they are both non-flammable and fully recyclable while retaining a high storage density.

Active carbon from hair also packs a punch, just like this energy storage device.

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