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Old car batteries can be recycled into cheap, resistant solar panels

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Scientists from MIT have found a way to reuse the so-thought useless batteries

Pollution is a really serious issue nowadays, and it comes as no surprise that car batteries do a lot of damage to the environment. A lot of them are being thrown away as a result of the fast evolution in the industry. So scientists from MIT have found a way to reuse the so-thought useless batteries. The solution they came up with involves turning them into very efficient solar panels and not using them for new car batteries.

As shown in the picture, a single piece of car battery can be transformed into a cheap solar panel that can be used to harvest energy for 30 homes. This can be done with the help of the lead from the battery and use it in order to create solar cells that use perovskite, a compound that can achieve until 19% efficiency level.

Every solar cell works on a very thin layer of perovskite that MIT says measures in in at approximately half of a micrometer in thickness. Just one car battery can make sufficient power aforementioned houses, and has the advantage of doing something for the environment and the recycling world.

These types of panels made from used car batteries can also, themselves, be recycled and transformed into new solar cells, lowering the pollution rate, that could otherwise become a threat. Moreover, the benefits don’t stop, as scientists reveal that this type of transformation iss both easier and cheaper than common silicon utilities.

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