In 1800, Alessandro Volta invented the first battery, which came to be known as the voltaic pile. The voltaic pile consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other, separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in saltwater.
Gaston Plante invented the first lead-acid battery in 1859.
Thomas Edison invented the first alkaline cell in 1914, less than 100 years ago!
Can you imagine what life would be like without batteries?
Store-bought batteries can be hazardous to the environment if not properly disposed of. The chemicals used in batteries eventually corrode through the battery casing, leak through to the soil and eventually into our water sources. One of the most popular components in today’s batteries is lead. Billions of batteries are manufactured each year. That’s a lot of batteries and pollutants!
So until there is a better, environmentally friendly battery source, make sure you recycle and tell your friends to recycle, too!
Till next time…
Images downloaded from the internet.
Information taken from Green Science, Enviro Battery kit.