Human Hair Now a Viable Source for Battery Power in Electric Vehicles, Smartphones, and Solar Systems

Scientists at Charles Sturt University have developed a novel method to convert human hair into graphitic carbon, a potential material for battery anodes, thereby repurposing what is typically seen as waste. This innovative process could revolutionize energy storage for smartphones, electric vehicles, and more, by offering a sustainable alternative to conventional graphite, which is both environmentally and geopolitically problematic.


The process involves a custom-engineered reactor that employs Joule’s Flash heating method to transform hair into high-grade carbon efficiently. This breakthrough is supported by Sustainable Salons, which gathers hair trimmings from salons across Australia and New Zealand. 


The result is a cleaner energy storage option that not only meets the growing demand for renewable energy solutions but also broadens the scope of technological applications in various industries, thus highlighting a significant advancement in sustainable technology.