A recent study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that the coconut battery, which is an electric device made by the U.S. company Civet, is one of the most popular products on the market.
The battery, with a total of 6,700 different functions, has been shown to reduce energy use by up to 30% compared to conventional batteries, which typically have 10,000 functions.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, found that, by reducing energy use and improving battery longevity, the coconut-powered battery could become a viable alternative to traditional batteries.
“The most common applications of the coconut batteries include solar energy, energy-storage systems, electric vehicles, and solar-powered airplanes,” the study concluded.
“The battery also has many other uses, including a flexible electrode material that is flexible to accept electrodes of varying densities, flexible flexible polymer film that can be used to form flexible electrodes for the production of batteries, flexible silicon carbide electrodes that can hold liquids, and a flexible material that can replace conventional lithium-ion batteries.”
While the research findings are promising, the researchers cautioned that the findings do not mean that the technology is ready for mass production.
“Our study focused on a single-product type of battery that is in a limited production environment,” lead researcher, Dr. Richard Lee, said in a statement.
“Although our research is preliminary, we believe that the potential is there for these products to be scaled up to a global market, and we plan to work with the industries involved in this development.”
In the meantime, the research has been featured on numerous tech shows including CNBC’s The Futurama and The Verge’s The Verge Gadget Show.