An international research team has developed a way to process tamarind shells into vehicle energy sources.
Tamarind pods are usually discarded as agricultural waste. As these husks are often bulky, they end up taking a lot of space on landfills. Yet the waste material in question is not without its uses, being both carbon-rich as well as porous, and, as such, perfect for the production of carbon nano-sheets. These ultra-thin sheets prove viable alternatives to graphene in the production of supercapacitors, that is, energy storage devices used to manufacture automobiles, buses, electric vehicles, trains and elevators.