Food waste could soon be powering our smartphones thanks to a new European research and development project.
Named the PlasCarb Project, the development is attempting to power phones by the product of anaerobic digestion (AD) of food waste – by transforming food waste into graphitic carbon to be turned into graphene; with graphene technology designed to store and maximise the power in smartphones.
According to Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) chief executive, Charlotte Morton, graphene could also be a revolutionary product for medicine (including cancer treatment), water purification, aircraft technology, road vehicles, defence equipment and sustainable food packaging – helping many sectors lower their carbon footprint.
And so perhaps it’s no surprise that the global graphite market is continually growing, currently worth 10 million euros, having grown 5% each year since 2012 and named as one of the 14 economically critical raw materials by the EU, with significant importance in the development of future developing technologies.
The possible outcomes of the product also highlight the potential value of food waste to new emerging technologies such as the PlasCarb project and further cement the argument for segregated food waste collections at source – something we’ve covered previously here.
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