The CSIRO has unearthed a breakthrough technology that could position Australia at the forefront of electric vehicle development.
The country’s leading scientific organisation has released details of a radical energy solution that could further improve the sustainability of EVs while strengthening the rural economy.
The report, published today and authored by Dr Desiree Kipfler, claims the CSIRO has developed, through the use of genetic engineering, a new breed of potato with a significantly higher energy density rate that could be used to power rural electric vehicle charging stations and offer the capacity to fully re-charge a battery in just 10 minutes.
Using the principles of a basic primary school experiment, Dr Kipfler says the new technology allows for multiple potatoes to be linked in series, which apparently increases their electrical generation capacity by 10,000 percent.
“We’ve dug out something amazing here by going back to the absolute basics of science,” she said.
“This step forward has a huge impact on the future of renewable energy generation,” added Professor Tuber Jacket, co-author and chief scientist of Alternative Programs and Research In Legumes (APRIL) at CSIRO.
“Low-cost potato farming can be rolled out quickly and cheaply with an almost zero carbon output.”
Potato power has some amazing properties says Professor Jacket.
“Our Potato Electric Energy Linking System, or PEELS, generates energy at an incredibly fast rate, and can surpass the current fast charging speeds of in-market EV charging stations. This is why we believe the first practical application of this technology will be in vehicle charging infrastructure” he said.
Several major car companies are already bidding to make first use of the new energy source, with Toyota suggesting the breakthrough could be used in conjunction with its new battery tech currently being created in partnership with Panasonic.
This new source of renewable energy is already making a stir in the halls of Parliament, with rumours the Federal Government is ready to launch a pilot program for fast charging EV stations powered by this new renewable tech.
A source close to the coalition indicates the Department of Infrastructure and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are jointly developing a tender process for a nationwide project that will include EV-only highways using the PEELS charging network.