Summer is here and with that the rate of electricity rises exponentially we need to look for alternative sources of energy. Granted that it may not be for a hundred years or so, scientist have predicted that our fossil fuel reserve is slowly reaching serious depletion levels. Man has tried it all; water, wind, geothermal and bio fuels energy have been studied and used as a power source. Lets not forget the harnessing of nuclear power sources which has led to an enormous proportion of environmental hazards as in the case of the Chernobyl incident. Clearly man’s debacle with energy has had its highs and its lows.

Sustainable Development

Because energy is expensive to manufacture, we try as hard to complete the ensemble with storing cells for that energy. The problem with energy production and storage is that it utilizes material that can ultimately harm the environment. Great news for the pro nature campaigners as, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Yissum Research Development Company Ltd. have found a way to harness energy from potatoes. You got that right! Potatoes might be the power behind your cell phones and laptops in the future.

Alternative to Fossil Fuel

Dubbed as “solid organic electric battery based upon treated potatoes”, this organic solution to batteries can cheapen and eradicate the environmental risks that come with compound—based batteries like the lead acid battery. Further study and development on this can offer an immediate and cheap alternative for those lacking access to battery energy sources. Granted it might take a field of potatoes to power an entire house complete with appliances, more research on this field can completely provide leaps for the battery industry.

The secret lies in treating the potatoes beforehand. Although the idea of a mashed potato plate powering your pacemaker might sound “icky” at the moment, the benefits of using potatoes with its long battery life seems to astounding to dwell on trivial things. Imagine cell phones and smart phones being charged from refillable potato battery holders. All you have to do is refill the cartridge when the potato loses its charge.

The technology is there to continue on the research. But the will power to pursue it is not in scientists hands. Look at the proven idea that water is also a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, with two-thirds of the earth submerged in water; that would definitely be dirt cheap. In the case of potatoes, it not being too sensitive to climates, it can be grown almost anywhere in the world. The next logical thing would be to channel this energy into a cost-effective solution. If not this would just be another cool experiment for the science camp.