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Mexico: Researchers work to upcycle used face masks to produce batteries 

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February 26, 2022 at 12:01 GMT +01:00 · Published Amid an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, specialists from the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosi on Friday demonstrated how used face masks can be used to develop a new technology to produce cost-effective batteries from medical waste. According to the researchers, the new technology makes it possible to produce thin, flexible, and low-cost batteries that are also disposable. « We are very happy because although in Mexico there is no infrastructure like in other countries, we are using recycled materials to create a technological application that can be both scalable and feasible, » said Ricardo Mendoza, student and project leader who demonstrated the process for creating the batteries from used masks. The project specialists estimate that their technology can supply the energy consumption of a Mexican family of five people for one year, using 350 masks forming one battery. Compared to traditional accumulators, the new batteries have a high stored energy density and a high electrical capacity. SHOT LIST

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