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Web Date: August 1, 2016

Glucose-fueled power source delivers high-energy bursts for medical implants

New hybrid device combines the best of biofuel cells and supercapacitors
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: energy storage, glucose, fuel cell, biofuel cell, implants, supercapacitor

Because glucose is energy dense and abundant in the body, scientists have been trying to use it in fuel cells to power medical implants. Glucose fuel cells made so far store a large amount of energy but cannot deliver it in the quick bursts that an implant, such as a pacemaker or brain stimulator, needs. Now, researchers have made a compact device that delivers such bursts by combining a biofuel cell with a supercapacitor (ACS . . .

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