Lithium, the element that is often used as a medication to battle bi-polar disorder and to power most laptop and phone batteries, is not the most ubiquitous element on the planet. Hence the price of our batteries. Japanese researchers, though, may have discovered a way to use sugar to power batteries.
Researchers heated sugar to 1,500°C in an furnace lacking oxygen, which transformed it into a carbon powder. You can do this with any number of elements, but sucrose is incredibly abundant, making it a solid choice.
Real life implications area ways off, but if this happens, battery prices could drop severely. Which would be pretty nice.
Via ABC Trick