Your Future Camera Might Be Powered by Hemp


In an interesting development in the world of batteries, researchers have discovered and demonstrated a way to make extremely efficient carbon electrodes by heating up the fibers of hemp in a two-step method.

The resulting carbon electrodes hold as much energy as the super-material graphene, are more durable in extreme temperatures, and come at a much lower cost — pretty much the ideal material to make batteries out of.

Graphene has been the up-and-coming super-material for some time now, and many companies are trying to build… well… anything and everything out of the carbon-based material. Unfortunately, it’s proving to be expensive and difficult to mass-produce, but this new hemp method is capable of bypassing both of these issues to a large degree.


Batteries, supercapacitors and more can be charged almost instantly when made from these carbon materials, with minute degradation in power overtime. And while many sectors (think electric cars) are very interested in this kind of technology, its potential use in photography gear is broad, to put it mildly.

Plus, while graphene is still a ways away, hemp-powered batteries might be here sooner than you think: a small Canadian company is already working on scaling up hemp electrode production, and recent changes in US law aren’t hurting either…

(via Engadget)

Image creditsHemp Field by Greg Jordan

  • Vlad Dusil

    “…a way to make extremely efficient carbon electrodes by heating up the fibers of hemp in a two-step method.”

    Step one: Roll it up.
    Step two: Light it up.

  • bob cooley

    God knows hemp always charges my batteries.

    Wait… Idonotthinkitmeanswhatyouthinkitmeans :)

  • bob cooley

    lol – the cover photo switched on this article really quick for some reason :)

  • Jeremy Madore

    Not once, but twice!

  • bob cooley

    lol – you are correct, sir :)

  • DLCade

    A few snap editorial decisions were made, we have no further comment at this time ; )

  • Rob Elliott

    Canada is Awesome.. though in this case I’m guessing the company is in BC.

  • Zos Xavius

    Great. Now my camera will only work at 4:20.

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  • docholliday666

    Sweet…the meth heads were already buying (or stealing) batteries for the lithium to cook with. Now, they’ll just roll up the matrix and try to burn one. I can see a Darwin Awards entry a’comin!

  • docholliday666

    …and the TSA will definitely be worrying about “how many grams” of material are in the battery. Bright side is that instead of worrying about how many WH the runtime is, you can just ask for a 1/4, 1/2 or full oz!

  • docholliday666

    It’s the green thing to do! No more battery landfill waste, just smoke it up when battery life is down.

  • mthouston

    DUDE…don’t bograt that battery……man

  • Rob Elliott

    no no.. they will try to bring the ash to the companies and try to sell it so they can buy more… Carbon is the result of burning. Pot heads will all go to the factory and smoke a bowl a day a get paid for it.

    I can see the performance reviews now.

    Narly dude you did 55 bowls last quarter, but come on man the quota was 60, you really are stressing me man. What’s the deal?

    My kids bat mitzvah man, my parents were like, you gotta be more sober or you can’t come.. and I was like that is harsh.

    I feel for you man, that is so harsh.. so… .. hey Narly dude you did 55 bowls last quarter, but come on man the quota was 60… wait have we done this before? I feel like we did this.

    what man? no.. did we?

  • docholliday666

    But wait…they could just buy an e-cigarette (minus the cartridge) and smoke the battery as a one hitter!

  • Rob Elliott

    no I think you don’t understand what Carbon is.. if you burn wood the charcoal is carbon (simplification) The Hemp in these batteries are already burned… as such they couldn’t burn them… it be like trying to smoke a Barbecue briquettes

  • docholliday666

    As a chemist, actually, I quite understand what C is. But, no, I don’t think you understand what sarcasm is.

  • Rob Elliott

    humour to me needs to be accurate… or at least closer. what ever.

  • @JacksonCheese

    Am I the only one here who knows you don’t smoke hemp?

  • Jeremiah True

    Glad you cleared the air :)

  • josh

    sarcasm doesnt read over the internet, as a chemist i believe you still should have had some english in there

  • docholliday666

    Wow, 3 days later and still beating this dead horse? Ain’t my fault he’s dense.

  • docholliday666

    Am I the only one here who understands sarcasm?

  • John MacLean Photography

    the only thing it’s good for rolling is rope!