Durian is known to be the King of Fruits due to its rich flavour and distinctive shape and size. The native fruit of Southeast Asia is also regarded to be the most smelliest fruit (read: AWFUL) in the world. Anthony Bourdain once mentioned that your breath will smell as if you’ve been french kissing your dead grandmother.
Despite its distinctive and awful smell, are durians really that bad?
Today, scientists have found out that durians can be a key ingredient to lightning-fast charging for your iPhone. One of the key characteristics that this fruit possess is that it allows for storage of massive amounts of energy, hence the extraction of durian biowaste is an alternative a more efficient electric chargers.
The flesh of highly porous fruits such as durians adds a great value to the supercapacitor. Supercapacitor is an energy storage device that has a high energy density which promotes rapid energy capture and delivery. It has two separate plates, by which these plates are made from metal coated with a penetrable substance like activated charcoal. This provides them a high surface area for storing more energy effectively.
Scientists believe that this new approach to storing electricity might effectively help the environment if it is widely adopted. With the rise in climate change and rapid depletion of fossil fuels today, converting food wastes into value-added products will not only reduce environmental pollution but also improve the overall economy.