Japan's Sony is generating power from paper.

 Japanese electronics giant Sony revealed technology that generates electricity from shredded paper.As an environmental products fair opened in Tokyo, Sony invited children to put paper into a mixture of water and enzymes, shake it up and wait for a few minutes to see the liquid become a source of electricity, powering a small fan...[...]

"This is the same mechanism with which termites eat wood to get energy," said Chisato Kitsukawa, a public relations manager at Sony.



While academic research has previously taken place on this kind of power generation, proof-of-concept demonstrations are rare, he said.
The performance was part of Sony's drive to develop a sugar-based "bio battery" that turns glucose into power.
Shredded paper or pieces of corrugated board were used at the fair to provide cellulose, a long chain of glucose sugar found in the walls of green plants.

Source: Indianexpress

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