Collaborative research from the UK’s Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Chester and Central South University in China demonstrates the use of graphene-based PLA to make energy storage devices. The study proves the viability of the simpler, cheaper way for 3D printing rechargeable batteries that can be used to store renewable energy.
Animated schematic of a recharging battery. Clip via Riley Senpai on YouTube
Rechargeable batteries – how do they work?
A Lithium-ion battery (also known as a Li-ion battery) is the removable power pack often found in digital cameras, UAV’s and phones for example. The battery is composed of a positive electrode (seen left in the image below), and a negative electrode (seen on the right).